How to make use of Catholic Social Teaching

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By Bruce Duncan C.Ss.R

I think it fair to say that there is a lot of pious nodding towards social justice in some Catholic circles, especially since Catholic social teaching has been so prominent in official papal statements and activity. Yet this social teaching is often not well integrated into the lives and thinking of many Catholics. We do well with practical, hands-on projects, with our health care, welfare work and education especially, but often perform poorly in debate over the larger issues facing society, and in attempts to inculcate a social justice perspective in the public forum. Yet is not good enough to let this social teaching sit on a shelf gathering dust, or worse, to think that it is not absolutely integral to the Christian mission today.

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