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In this episode, CAPP looks at homelessness and how young volunteers at a high-tech soup kitchen are using Catholic Social Teaching (CST) to make their dreams of helping others become a reality. We also introduce the 3 Key Principles - Human Dignity, Solidarity, and Subsidiarity - to those new to CST.

"See, Judge, Act" is CAPP-USA's exciting new Web series that discusses the principles, contemporary issues and implications of Catholic Social Teaching (CST), and investigates examples of CST in action taking place in our world today. 

3 Principles that Can Change the World

In our first episode, CAPP-USA visits the neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, for an investigation of homelessness– and how young volunteers at a high-tech soup kitchen are using Catholic Social Teaching to make their dreams of helping others become a reality. 

We also introduce the 3 Key Principles of CST as set forth in the Social Encyclicals. Below are quotes from our Holy Fathers that encapsulate the essence of these principles. We invite you to visit The 3 Key Principles for more insight.

Human Digity

"No man may with impunity outrage that human dignity which God Himself treats with great reverence." (RN, 40)

Solidarity

"[Solidarity]is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all." (SRS, 38)

Subsidiarity

"Here again the principle of subsidiarity must be respected: a community of a higher order should not interfere in the internal life of a community of a lower order, depriving the latter of its functions, but rather should support it in case of need and help to coordinate its activity with the activities of the rest of society, always with a view to the common good."(CA, 48)

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