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Catholic Social Thought and “the Law”

Catholic Social Thought and “the Law”

It is hardly surprising that people of sincere conscience occasionally find themselves in serious disagreement with the prescriptions of “the law”—the allowance of capital punishment and procured abortion, the conduct of wars, the treatment of immigrants, etc.

Catholic Social Thought and the Common Good

Catholic Social Thought and the Common Good

A crucial component of Catholic thinking is the fundamental concept of the common good. The Catechism, following Pope Saint John XXIII in Mater et Magistra and Vatican II, defines the common good as “the sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily.”

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Taxes

Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and Taxes

The clearest statement on taxes and their morality came in the US Bishops’ pastoral on Economic Justice for All. The bishops urged that, “The tax system should be continually evaluated in terms of its impact on the poor.”