Malta Minute with the Catechism: The Necessity of Society

  • Program #: 99
  • Description: How should society and the soul intertwine? According to the Catholic Catechism, "society is necessary for the fulfillment of the human vocation...to attain this aim, respect must be given to the just hierarchy of values." The just hierarchy of values places interior and spiritual dimensions above physical and instinctual ones. In other words, society ought, the Catechism states, to "promote the exercise of virtue, not obstruct it." The end can never justify the means. If means become ends rather than routes to spiritual goals, the human person in society can become a utilitarian object. Unjust structures can be created which make Christian conduct in keeping the commandments of the Divine lawgiver difficult or impossible to follow. This is Peggy Stanton and this has been the Order of Malta's Minute with the Catechism.

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