Malta Minute with the Catechism: Social Justice

  • Program #: 188
  • Description: What does the Church mean when she speaks of Social Justice? The Catholic Catechism says society ensures social justice when it allows associations and individuals to obtain their due. Social justice can only be accomplished by respecting the transcendent dignity of man. In other words, society exists for man. Man does not exist for society. "The person," says the Catechism, "represents the ultimate end of society, which is ordered to him." By refusing to recognize the inherent rights of the individual as endowed by the Creator, a society undermines its own moral legitimacy, according to Pope John XXIII. Respect for the human person stems from the principle that everyone should look upon his neighbor as another self. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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