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

By Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

Michael Hornsby-Smith deals an summary of Catholic social inspiration fairly in contemporary a long time. whereas drawing on reliable educating similar to papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops' meetings, he's taking heavily the necessity for discussion with secular suggestion. The e-book is prepared in 4 phases. half I outlines the diversity of family and overseas injustices and seeks to supply a social research of the motives of those injustices. half II bargains a theological mirrored image at the features of the dominion of God which Christians are suggested to hunt. half III studies Catholic social notion in six major components: human rights, the kin and bioethical concerns, fiscal lifestyles, social exclusion, actual improvement, and warfare and peace. half IV completes the cycle with a attention of applicable social motion responses to the injustices which the writer has pointed out and analysed.

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Some suggestions for social action responses to injustices will be offered in Chapter 12. The structural aspects of injustice under liberal capitalism and in a globalizing world will be considered further in Chapter 2. 8 Hertz 2001. 9 Wade 2002. 10 Bauman 2001: 56. 16 An Introduction to Catholic Social Thought ACTION RESPONSES So what actions can be taken in response to the structural injustices which can be identified? Modern technologies of instant TV news conveyed into our living rooms have enabled us to see far beyond our own personal experiences.

It seems clear that since the collapse of Communism there has been a growing tendency to promote economic liberalization with the removal of regulations controlling the free exercise of market forces globally in trade, investment and finance. The production of goods in a system of market competition with prices of all goods, including labour, determined by the balance between supply and demand, has in general resulted in the more efficient use of human and capital resources and resulted in higher average standards of living more successfully than alternative forms of statecontrolled economic systems.

We are living in a period of liberal capitalist hegemony. There is today a growing awareness of the global reach of many economic, social, technological, cultural, military and political forces. Globalization is increasingly identified with liberal capitalism. The widening gap between rich and poor, both within and between nations, is in stark contrast to frequently expressed claims that economic growth will inevitably result in ‘trickledown’ effects which will eventually benefit the poor. What is it that maintains such injustices?

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