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[...]Rooted in Scripture

Social justice is an integral part of Church teaching. It is based on the rights that flow from and safeguard human dignity, and it inclines us to work with others to help make social institutions better serve the common good. In the section on Christian morality entitled “The Human Community,” the Catechism of the Catholic Church devotes an entire section (1928-48) specifically to the topic of social justice. Similarly, the 2004 Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, which gives a magnificent overview of the wider topic of the Church’s social doctrine, further elaborates upon the concept of social justice:

The Church’s social magisterium constantly calls for the most classical forms of justice to be respected: commutative, distributive, and legal justice. Ever greater importance has been given to social justice, which represents a real development in general justice, the justice that regulates social relationships according to the criterion of observance of the law. Social justice, a requirement related to the social question which today is worldwide in scope, concerns the social, political, and economic aspects and, above all, the structural dimension of problems and their respective solutions. (201)

The Church’s social doctrine is rooted in Scripture, and it especially draws upon the Church’s social encyclicals of the past hundred or so years, beginning with Pope Leo XIII’s Rerum Novarum in 1891.

The Collectivist Code?

Yet, Catholics who are steeped in Catholic social doctrine are not the only ones who use the term “social justice.” It has become a code word used by some to advance a libertine social agenda coupled with a collectivist economic agenda that walks and talks like socialism. In other words, to appeal to Catholics, especially those who might tilt to the left religiously and politically anyway, some political operatives use Catholic jargon like social justice or common good or preferential option for the poor to influence public opinion. But what they mean and what the Church means are not always the same.

This is unlike the homosexual activists’ commandeering of the word gay a couple decades ago. For the most part, gay is hardly ever used as an adjective meaning “happy” or “lively” or “merry” any more, and even when it is, it’s not confused with the new usage of gay. So gay has become more like bark, which can be either the sound a dog makes or part of a tree. From the context, one can readily figure out what the speaker means.

When it comes to “social justice,”though, ambiguity is the rule, not the exception. Sometimes social justice can mean the entire body of Catholic social teaching, perhaps summarized as “a personal commitment to serve the poor and address the causes of poverty.” Yet it can also just as easily mean “a personal commitment to . . . address the causes of poverty by advocating the specific policies that liberals prefer” (Timothy Dalrymple, “Is the Tea Party a Social Justice Movement?,” www.patheos.com, June 16, 2010). No wonder the term has become politicized, leaving some Catholics to believe that only political progressives care about “social justice.”[...]

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http://www.catholic.com/magazine/articles/social-justice-isn%E2%80%99t-left-or-right

Thanks for the very informative information. The term Social Justice was stolen from the CC and twisted into the collectivist viewpoint. It’s part of their ploy to confuse.

You’ll see many of the words and terminology now used by leftists here...
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ccc_css/archive/catechism/p3s1c2a3.htm

The writer of the article (a lawyer) advocates reclaiming the terms...I personally think it’s too late thereagain who knows. Why should they get to claim they’re out to help the poor etc., when most of us know they couldn’t care less and that it’s more a power grab.


37 posted on 03/13/2013 5:27:15 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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Coincidentally...just found this thread on Social Justice here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2996607/posts


38 posted on 03/13/2013 5:35:15 PM PDT by bronxville (Margaret Sanger - “We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population,)
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Thank you for this, Bronx. As a Catholic who believes firmly and proudly in the Church’s traditional teachings related to social justice, I have been rolling it over and over in my head how to say just what you’ve posted here. As the article states so well, a Pope without a commitment to the poor and most downtrodden among us would be as much of an anathema to the Holy See as a pro-abortion Pontiff would be. His Holiness Francis has both talked this talk and walked this walk, so to speak, and he seems to live his life by St. Francis’ exhortation to “share the Gospel constantly, and if necessary use words.” Viva Francis! Viva La Chiesa!


43 posted on 03/13/2013 6:15:17 PM PDT by HoosierDammit (St. Vincent de Paul, pray for us!)
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