Integral Humanism and Solidarity
Author: Beatriz Briceño Picó | Source: Catholic.net
In the humanist key ended the pontificate of John Paul II and now we collect its fruits. The new Pope of the Catholic Church, Benedict XVI, is neither conservative nor liberal because this sociological-political terminology does not agree with the being of the Church. It is a radical Pope because it sinks its roots in the same cross of Christ. We all pray that he may be another great shepherd who will surrender to the service of all his baptized children and all the men who await his merciful love, in the key of integral and solidarity humanism.
I have in my hands one of the legacies of Pope John Paul II to the whole world, especially the laic Catholics: The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church that was published last year in Italian. I look forward and urgently to the Castilian edition that will have to arrive soon to our country. The 526-page text is the result of more than a five years’ work of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. It was initiated by the Vietnamese cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan and was concluded, after his death, under the direction of cardinal Martino, precisely on April 2, 2004.
The Compendium is dedicated to John Paul II, Master of Social Doctrine, evangelical testimony of justice and peace. A letter from Cardinal Angelo Cardano, Secretary of State, dated June 29, 2004 opens the text. They are words of gratitude that illuminate their reason to be: “With this light, the human person has been invited to discover their transcendence in all dimensions of their lives, including all social, economic and political contexts. Faith brings to the full the meaning of the family, founded on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes the first vital cell of society; it also illuminates the dignity of work which, as an activity destined to the realization of the human person, takes precedence over capital and constitutes the title of participation of the fruits derived therefrom. (the translation is mine)
Transforming social realities with the power of the Gospel is the great challenge of all evangelization, but especially in this beginning of the third millennium and the pontificate of Benedict XVI, in many places, adverse to the good news of salvation, of love, of Justice and peace.
Men and women, full of the true love of God, with the enlightenment of the social doctrine of the Church, will be able to change the rules and the qualities of human relations and also the social structures: people capable of carrying peace where there are conflicts, of to build and cultivate fraternal relationships where there is hatred, to bring justice where the person is subjugated by others. True love has before it a great task to which the new Pontiff and the whole Church want to contribute also with their social doctrine, which encompasses all man and addresses all men without exception.
The poor training of Catholic professionals in social doctrine is one of the causes of the Western cultural crisis, and their teaching and dissemination are part of the mission that John Paul II entrusted to the Church from which every baptized must be living stone. Benedict XVI, without any doubt, will have in this compendium an ally to facilitate the emergence of this integral and solidarity humanism that God, rich in mercy, wants to give to the world.
We intend to serve as loudspeakers to this great work that we will soon be able to enjoy among us, as light and guide. But until then we want to share with readers to read “between lines” some texts of the presentation made by cardinal Martino of this unique work of the Pontifical Council Justice and Peace.
COMPENDIUM OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
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AN INTEGRAL HUMANISM AND SOLIDARITY
THE DESING OF GOD´S LOVE FOR HUMANITY
I. The liberating action of God in the History of Israel
II. Jesus Christ: Fulfillment of the design of the love of the Father
III. The human person and the design of God's love
IV. Design of God and Mission of the Church
MISSION OF THE CHURCH AND SOCIAL DOCTRINE
I. Evangelization and Social Doctrine
II. The nature of Social doctrine
III. Social Doctrine in our time: historical
THE HUMAN PER SON AND HIS
I. Social Doctrine and Personalist Principle
II. The Human Person: image of God
III. The Human Person and their Profiles
IV. Human Rights
THE PRINCIPLES OF THE SOCIAL DOCTRINE OF THE CHURCH
I. Meaning and Unity
II. The Principle of Common Good
III. The universal destiny of goods
IV. The Principle of Subsidiarity
V. The Participation
VI. The Principle of Solidarity
VII. The Fundamental Values of Social Life
VIII. The way of charity
THE FAMILY, VITAL CELL OF SOCIETY
I. The Family First Natural society
II. Marriage, the foundation of the Family
III. Social subjectivity of the Family
IV. The Family as the protagonist of Social Life
V. Society at the service of the Family
I. Biblical Aspects
II. The prophetic value of “Rerum Novarum”
III. The dignity of work
IV. The right to work
V. Rights of workers
VI. Solidarity among workers
VII. “New Things” in the world of work