The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching: Its Origin and Contemporary Significance

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Brazos Press, 2009 - Religion - 213 pages
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This accessible introduction covers the complete history and contemporary contexts of the church's involvement in Catholic social tradition, giving distinctive attention to the Bible, liturgy, the thought of Augustine and Aquinas, and recent theological developments.

Bringing together veteran teachers of Catholic Social Teaching who have worked together on the content, this book is designed to set social questions within the Catholic tradition and contemporary life. End-of-chapter application sections address practical concerns, such as racism in the church, charity, consumerism, and talking with neighbors and coworkers about moral issues. Discussion questions, case studies, excerpts of church documents, and suggestions for further reading enhance the book's usefulness. It will work well for students of theology and ethics, particularly Catholics but also Protestants who want to know more about the Catholic social tradition.
 

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Contents

Introduction
9
Biblical Justice
19
The Liturgy as a Source of Formation in Catholic Social Teaching
31
Eucharist and Social Justice
45
Pope Leo XIII and a Century of Catholic Social Teaching
55
Saint Augustine of HippoLove Community and Politics
73
A Contemporary Augustinian Approach to Love and PoliticsPope
85
Modern Politics and Catholic Social Teaching
95
Modern Economy and the Social Order
129
Through the Needles EyeThe Catholic Worker Movement and
141
The Challenge of Religious Liberty
157
Compassion and Hospitality
169
From Despot to StewardThe Greening of Catholic Social
183
Notes
195
Index
211
Copyright

Natural LawSt Thomas Aquinas and the Role of Reason in Social
113

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David Matzko McCarthy (PhD, Duke University) teaches theology at Mount Saint Mary's University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He is the author of Gathered for the Journey: Moral Theology in Catholic Perspective and Sex and Love in the Home: A Theology of the Household, and has written for publications such as New Blackfriars, Christian Century, and Modern Theology.

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