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The Catholic Social Doctrine has its place where faith and politics meet. The Church’s aim is to not replace the State, but to simply help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and attainment of what is just.

Bringing the Light of Faith and Reason into Politics, Economics, and Culture for a Just Society to Prevail

Pope Benedict XVI stated in Deus Caritas Est,

Justice is both the aim and the intrinsic criterion of all politics. Politics is more than a mere mechanism for defining the rules of public life: its origin and its goal are found in justice, which by its very nature has to do with ethics. The State must inevitably face the question of how justice can be achieved here and now." (DCE, 28)

The issue is not primarily the ‘how’ to, but what criteria and reasoning is used to develop and formulate polices. It is the ‘ideas’ of what ideology is used as the criteria to achieve justice.

Reason needs to be exercised properly and effective for justice to be served. Since our reasoning operates within an ideology it can have blind spots. Benedict goes on to state that faith is the purifying force for reason; it offers a horizon beyond the spheres of the secular ideologies that has informed our reasoning today.

The Catholic Social Doctrine has its place where faith and politics meet. The Church’s aim is to not replace the State, but to simply help purify reason and to contribute, here and now, to the acknowledgment and attainment of what is just.

"...the Church is duty-bound to offer, through the purification of reason and through ethical formation, her own specific contribution towards understanding the requirements of justice and achieving them politically... She has to play her part through rational argument and she has to reawaken the spiritual energy without which justice, which always demands sacrifice, cannot prevail and prosper." (DCE, 28)

The Church's social teaching argues on the basis of reason using natural law principles, namely, on the basis of what is in accord with the nature of every human being, in order to build a just social and civil order.

The Call

It is the task of the Church, its leaders, and its ministers of the Gospel to

  • reawaken the spiritual energy
  • provide ethical formation to purify reason through faith
  • allow for rational argument using natural law principles

in order to change our culture’s ideology - which should be based upon the true nature of the human being - and to further support the faithful in their mission.

"The direct duty to work for a just ordering of society, on the other hand, is proper to the lay faithful...The mission of the lay faithful is therefore to configure social life correctly, respecting its legitimate autonomy and cooperating with other citizens according to their respective competences and fulfilling their own responsibility... it still remains true that charity must animate the entire lives of the lay faithful and therefore also their political activity, lived as “social charity”." (DCE, 29)

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