Advocates Corner

Call to Family Community and Participation Care for Creation

This article considers the final two Themes in our series from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” on their website []: “Call to Family Community and Participation” plus “Care for Creation”.  Of the first, USCCB writes: “The person is not only sacred but also social. How we organize our society—in economics and politics, in law and policy –directly affects human dignity and the capacity of individuals to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported and strengthened, not undermined. We believe people have a right and a duty to participate in society, seeking together the common good and well-being of all, especially the poor and vulnerable.” Economics and social policies, as well as organization of the work world, should be continually evaluated in light of theiri mpact on the strength and stability of family life.”

Of “Care for Creation” USCCB writes: “We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our
faith in relationship with all of God’s creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored.” USCCB quotes Pope Benedict XVI, Charity in Truth: “The environment is God’s gift to everyone and in our use of it we have a responsibility towards the poor, towards future generations and towards humanity as a whole.”

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