An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought (Introduction to by Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

By Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

Michael Hornsby-Smith deals an outline of Catholic social proposal really in contemporary many years. whereas drawing on respectable instructing reminiscent of papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops' meetings, he's taking heavily the necessity for discussion with secular notion. The booklet is equipped in 4 levels. half I outlines the range of household and overseas injustices and seeks to supply a social research of the factors of those injustices. half II deals a theological mirrored image at the features of the dominion of God which Christians are steered to hunt. half III reports Catholic social inspiration in six major parts: human rights, the family members and bioethical matters, financial lifestyles, social exclusion, real improvement, and conflict and peace. half IV completes the cycle with a attention of acceptable social motion responses to the injustices which the writer has pointed out and analysed.

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Whatever the undoubted achievements of the global economy, for example in increased life expectancy and greater literacy and hence access to labour markets in recent decades, discerning critics are concerned about the implications of a pervasive individualism and consumer mentality among western peoples. They argue that communal values needed for social cohesion have been diluted. Concerns have been growing at the ravages inflicted on ecosystems by cavalier and unregulated forms of liberal capitalism.

In their book on Global Transformations, Held et al. warned against ‘the dangers of eliding globalization with concepts such as interdependence, integration, universalism and convergence’. 28 This is a useful distinction. It can scarcely be argued that power relations between the rich and the poor, or between developed and developing 26 27 28 Guardian Saturday Review, 26 January 2002. The need for appropriate regulatory institutions at the global level has been a significant theme in much recent papal teaching.

He noted that optimists drew attention to the fact that the global economy ‘had lifted more people out of poverty around the world in the past 30 years than at any time in history’, the phenomenal growth in information technology, the potential contributions towards disease eradication resulting from advances in the biological sciences, and the explosion of democracy and ethnic and religious diversity. Against this, pessimists and people in poor countries point out that ‘the global economy is the problem, not the solution.

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