Questions from Non-Catholics: Is this notion of Catholic Social Justice exclusionary?

Below are listed some Priniciples of Social Justice as based in Catholic Social Teaching.  You might note that these principles are not so narrow as to only apply to Catholics, on the contrary, while they are based on Catholic teachings, they are also catholic in the universal sense — they are often consistent with, and complementary to, a number of moral and behavioral codes from various societies, institutions, religions, and international organizations.

  • Respect for Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Participation based on the Social Nature of Humanity
  • Rights and Responsibilities – benefit of the Common Good
  • Protection for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • Respect for Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
  • Subsidiarity in Government – problems should be effectively handled at the lowest possible level of governance
  • Solidarity
  • Care for the Environment – Stewardship of Creation

These priniciples serve as a criteria for Catholic actions — but you don’t have to be Catholic to use them! Ideally, people of all faiths, philosophies and cultures, can use them to work together to overcome social problems in a way that promotes human flourishing, and in ways which are consistent with all of these guiding principles.

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