Contemporary Issue: Rights of Citizens


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"the State has for its office to protect natural rights, not to destroy them" (RN, 51)
"In effect, beyond the rights which man acquires by his own work, there exist rights which do not correspond to any work he performs, but which flow from his essential dignity as a person." (CA, 11)


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Rerum Novarum Centesimus Annus

Related Thoughts on Rights of Citizens

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I invite you to look around at the new things which surround us and in which we find ourselves… (Saint John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, 1991) Taken from "Catholic Social Teaching 101"
We must go from here with a sense of urgency, in haste.  The going out: that is the greatest task of all.  This conference, much like the Church, is not a place that we “come to.”  It is a place we “go from.” Taken from "A Time to Gather, A Time to Reflect: Poverty and Developmnt Conference Summary"
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Pope John Paul II had warned us that “By intervening directly and depriving society of its responsibility, the Social Assistance State leads to a loss of human energies and an inordinate increase of public agencies, which are dominated more by bureaucratic ways of thinking than by concern for serving their clients, and which are accompanied by an enormous increase in spending.”   Taken from "The Core CST Principle of Subsidiarity and Its Implication for National Healthcare Schemes (Audio)"

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Catholic Social Teaching calls on us to undertake work in a responsible manner and to treat workers well, and reminds us that failure to respect the dignity of human work too often results in poverty and insecurity. Read more