Faithful Measure: Gauging Awareness of the Catholic Church's Social Doctrine

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Faithful Measure: Gauging Awareness of the Catholic Church's Social Doctrine

Authored by Andreas Widmer, Catherine Pakaluk
Edition: 1

This research study focused on providing insights to the Catholic Church on how well Catholics understand well-defined Catholic terms, and to know what the words she currently employs actually mean in the vocabulary of those who listen to her, and if that meaning does not overlap with the Church's definition of that word or term, what alternate term would do so.
A list of the core Catholic Social Doctrine phrases, principles and thoughts we tested for in our research:
1. Human Dignity: By the phrase human dignity, the
Catholic Church means that men and women are made in the image of God and destined for eternal life.
2. Justice: To each his due.
3. Social Justice: By the phrase social justice, the Catholic Church means that groups and individuals receive what is rightly owed to them.
4. Common Good: By the phrase common good, the Catholic Church means all the conditions in society that allow individuals and groups to reach their fullest human good, both in this life and the next.
5. Solidarity: By the principle solidarity, the Catholic Church means unity arising from love of neighbor.
6. Subsidiarity: By the principle subsidiarity, the Catholic Church means that higher groups in society should not take over tasks that lower groups would like to perform, unless the lower group asks for help. In other words, social functions should occur at the lowest possible level so that individuals and groups have a true sense of purpose.
7. Universal Destination of Goods: God gave the good things of the earth to the whole human race.
8. Charity: The love of God and neighbor.
9. Preferential Option for the Poor: Charity requires
us to place the needs of the poor before our own
10. The purpose of Social Life: Social life should be
aimed at the common good.
11. Private Property: Private property is good - through
ownership we imitate God.
12. Entrepreneurship and Business: Economic initiative
is a fundamental value and human right.
13. Hiring and Firing: Owners should make the dignity
of employees central in their decision making,
though sometimes firing is necessary.
14. Relationship between charity and operating a business: Owning and operating a business is itself an act of charity for a Christian.
15. The role of Truth in Society: A free society must affirm some truths as absolute.
16. Wages: Wages should be sufficient for families to support themselves and also save something.
We also sought to measure some underlying perceptions of and engagement with Catholic Social Doctrine:
- Catholic Church's "tone" about business and market
- Catholic Church's understanding of your professional work.
- Relevance of Catholic Social Doctrine for individual
Catholics in their daily life.
We stared by researching the resonance for some key terms of Catholic Social Doctrine. This is done to ascertain how emotionally engaging a term is. We all have a personal reaction to various terms: faith, progress, hierarchy, sublime, and environment. Terms resonate with us on a continuum from positive to negative. Negative resonance closes us up, positive resonance causes us to engage.

Publication Date:
1511820314 / 9781511820318
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
8.5" x 11"
Full Color
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