Does the Church “recommended” any form of government?
"To that end, it is preferable that each power be balanced by other powers and by other spheres of responsibility which keep it within proper bounds. This is the principle of the "rule of law", in which the law is sovereign, and not the arbitrary will of individuals." (CA, 44)
This sounds very familiar to American ears.
Why does the Church support “Democracy”?
In CAPP’s private audience with His Holiness on 19 May 06 Pope Benedict called democracy “the most valid historical instrument for advancing human rights and development.” He went on to say democracy has proven to be an effective means of “guaranteeing the future in a way worthy of man.” (19 May 2006)
Is The Church’s support of democracy unequivocal?
Absolutely not. Catholic Social Teaching insists on the dignity of each person, made in the visible image of God, and enjoying rights no individual, group or even nation can violate – “not even the majority of a social body”. (CA, 44)
So, while endorsing democratic systems, Catholic Social Teaching insists that “authentic democracy” is possible only in a state ruled by law and on the basis of a correct conception of the human person. (CA, 46)
Pope Benedict, as Blessed John Paul before him, cautions that democracy must have a juridical base and be ordered to the service of mankind: “Democracy succeeds only to the extent that it is based on truth and a correct understanding of the human person.” He went on to say “Catholic involvement in political life can not compromise that principle.”
What does a “Right to Work” entail?
Pope Benedict has outlined seven defining principles for what “decent” work is:
(Caritas in Veritate, 63)
What does the Church say about International Government?
Blessed John Paul made an urgent call on the international community to develop alternatives to war. Recognizing that another name for peace is development, he called for a concerted, worldwide effort to promote development. A call strongly re-iterated by Benedict in CIV, 66.
What are the Human Rights on which the State must be ordered?
Catholic Social Teaching identifies the most important human rights on which a democracy must be ordered (CA, 47):
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