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[A] well-formed Christian conscience does not permit one to vote for a political program or an individual law which contradicts the fundamental contents of faith and morals. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
… mankind will no longer passively submit to crushing poverty with its effects of death, disease, and decline. Policy & Policy Making
… people should not be hindered from attaining development in accordance with their own culture. Development & Growth
…aspiration for justice often finds itself the captive of ideologies which hide or pervert its meaning … Justice & Injustice
…In certain parts of Latin America, the seizure of the vast majority of the wealth by an oligarchy of owners bereft of social consciousness, the practical absence or the shortcomings of a rule of law, military dictators making a mockery of elementary human rights, the corruption of certain powerful officials, the savage practices of some foreign capital interests constitute factors which nourish a passion for revolt among those who thus consider themselves the powerless victims of a new colonialism in the technological, financial, monetary, or economic order. Miscellaneous ;Dictators, Despots, Autocrats, Autocracies & Dictatorships
…In the human and social sciences it is well to be aware above all of the plurality of methods and viewpoints, each of which reveals only one aspect of reality which is so complex that it defies simple and univocal explanation. Human Nature ;Social Sciences
Affirm the priority of work over capital and the fact that material goods are meant for all … The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to consider the welfare of the workers before the increase of profits. Work, Workers & The Labor Force ;Capitalism
Christians must be conscious of their specific and proper role in the political community; they should be a shining example by their sense of responsibility and their dedication to the common good Religion & God
Economic development must ... not be left to the sole judgment of a few men or groups, possessing excessive economic power, or of the political community alone, or of certain powerful nations Development & Growth
Every human being has a right to culture, which is the specific mode of a truly human existence to which one gains access through the development of one's intellectual capacities, moral virtues, abilities to relate with other human beings, and talents for creating things which are useful and beautiful. Freedom & Liberty
Every type of discrimination whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, race, social condition, language or religion, is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God's intent. Discrimination & Prejudice
Everyone has the right to possess a sufficient amount of the earth's goods for themselves and their family …. Persons in extreme necessity are entitled to take what they need from the riches of others. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Evils of the gravest kind are likely to result from the so-called public schools. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Excessive economic and social disparity between individuals and peoples of the one human race is a source of scandal and militates against social justice, equity, human dignity, as well as social and international peace. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Freedom demands conditions of an economic, social, political and cultural kind which makes possible its full exercise. Freedom & Liberty
Freedom is not the liberty do anything whatsoever. It is the freedom to do good Freedom & Liberty
Goods are meant for all. Equality & Equal Opportunity
Governments cannot be denied the right to legitimate self defense once every means of peaceful settlement has been exhausted. Defense & National Security
If God had wanted these two rivers to be navigable, he could have effected it simply by a fiat, and it would be an infringement of the rights of providence to improve that which, for reasons not to be understood, it had wished to remain imperfect. Public Works & Natural Resources
In a democracy, government is a means by which we can act together to protect what is important to us and to promote our common values. Democracies & Republics
Institutions and laws, when they are in conformity with the natural law and ordered to the common good, are the guarantees of people's freedom and of the promotion of that freedom … Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
It is not for the pastors of the Church to intervene directly in the political construction and organization of social life. Religion & God
It is not within the competence of the public authorities to determine culture. Their function is to promote and protect the cultural life of everyone, including that of minorities. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
It is widely known, even in still illiterate sections of the world, that, thanks to the amazing advances in science and technology, mankind, still growing in numbers, is capable of assuring each human being the minimum of goods required by his dignity as a person. Miscellaneous
Keeping people on the margins of cultural, social and political life constitutes in many nations one of the most glaring injustices of our time. Discrimination & Prejudice
Man is worth more for what he is than for what he has. Human Nature
Man's freedom is finite and fallible Freedom & Liberty
Our age has seen the birth of totalitarian systems and forms of tyranny which would not have been possible in the time before the technological leap forward. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
Parishes can help lift up the moral and human dimension of public issues, calling people to informed participation in the political process. Religion & God
Peace of God War & Peace
Primacy of persons over structures. Miscellaneous
Support of private ownership does not mean that anyone has the right to unlimited accumulation of wealth Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
Systematic recourse to violence put forward as the necessary path to liberation has to be condemned as a destructive illusion and one that opens the way to new forms of servitude. One must condemn with equal vigor violence exercised by the powerful against the poor, arbitrary action by the police, and any form of violence established as a system of government. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
The arms race is one of the greatest curses on the human race and the harm it inflicts on the poor is more than can be endured Arms Race & Disarmament
The Church fully supports the right of workers to form unions or other associations to secure their rights to fair wages and working conditions. Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
The church, by reason of her role and competence, is not identified with any political community nor is it tied to any political system Religion & God
The common good embraces the sum total of all those conditions of social life which enable individuals, families, and organizations to achieve complete and effective fulfillment. Miscellaneous
The common good may sometimes demand that the right to own be limited by public involvement in the planning or ownership of certain sectors of the economy. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The evil inequities and oppression of every kind which afflict millions of men and women today openly contradict Christ's Gospel and cannot leave the conscience of any Christian indifferent. Equality & Equal Opportunity
The fundamental purpose of … productivity must not be the mere multiplication of products. It must not be profit or domination. Rather, it must be the service of the human person Business, Commerce & Finance
The lack of equity and of a sense of solidarity in international transactions works to the advantage of the industrialized nations so that the gulf between the rich and the poor is ever widening. Hence derives the feeling of frustration among third world countries, and the accusations of exploitation and economic colonialism brought against the industrialized nations. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The liberating force of scientific knowledge is objectively expressed in the great achievements of technology. Whoever possesses technology has power of the earth and men. As a result of this, hitherto unknown forms of inequality have arisen between those who possess knowledge and those who are simple users of technology. Power
The members of the Church, as members of society, have the same right and duty to promote the common good as do other citizens. Religion & God
The more the power of men and women increases, the greater is their responsibility as individuals and as members of the community. Power
The needs of the poor take priority over the desires of the rich Poverty
The priority of work over capital places an obligation in justice upon employers to consider the welfare of the workers before the increase of profits. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The pursuit of one's own interest seems to be the rule for international relations, without the common good of humanity being taken into consideration. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
The right to private property is inconceivable without responsibilities to the common good. Miscellaneous
The social order and its development must constantly yield to the good of the person, since the order of things must be subordinate to the order of persons and not the other way around.... Freedom & Liberty
The state has a right to insist that its citizens shall be educated. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The task of educating belongs fundamentally and primarily to the family …. Whenever the state lays claim to an educational monopoly, it oversteps its rights and offends justice. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
The view that the sun stands motionless at the center of the universe is foolish, philosophically false, utterly heretical, because it is contrary to Holy Scripture. The view that the earth is not the center of the universe and even has a daily rotation is philosophically false, and at least an erroneous belief. Religion & God
Thus every person has a right to work, and this right must be recognized in a practical way by an effective commitment to resolving the tragic problem of unemployment. The fact that unemployment keeps large sectors of the population and notably the young in a situation of marginalization is intolerable Work, Workers & The Labor Force
To put one's trust in violent means in the hope of restoring more justice is to become the victim of a fatal illusion: violence begets violence and degrades man. It mocks the dignity of man in the person of the victims and it debases that same dignity among those who practice it. Rebellion, Revolution, Insurgency & Resistance
Unions may also legitimately resort to strikes where this is the only available means to the justice owed to workers Labor Unions, Labor Relations & Strikes
Unless combated and overcome by social and political action, the influence of the new industrial and technological order favors the concentration of wealth, power and decision-making in the hands of a small public or private controlling group. Development & Growth
Wages, which cannot be considered as a mere commodity must enable the worker and his family to have access to a truly human standard of living in the material, social, cultural and spiritual orders. Business, Commerce & Finance
We have to move from our devotion to independence, through an understanding of interdependence Miscellaneous
Whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. Miscellaneous ;Slaves, Slavery & The Slave Trade
Where the effects of past discrimination persist, society has an obligation to take positive steps to overcome the legacy of injustice. Judiciously administered affirmative action programs in education and employment can be important expressions of the drive for solidarity and participation that is at the heart of true justice. Social harm calls for social relief. Discrimination & Prejudice