By Chris Korzen
At the eve of an important presidential election in many years, A country FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the thousands and thousands of U.S. Catholics who've refused to shop for the concept that individuals of religion needs to sign up for the slim time table of the a long way correct. by way of shining the sunshine of genuine Catholic educating on urgent modern issues like struggle, human dignity, poverty, and the looming international weather concern, this publication exhibits Catholics how their very own religion culture calls them to take on a sweeping array of concerns in most cases skipped over of the religion and politics conversation. most vital, A kingdom FOR ALL demonstrates how the middle Catholic and Christian trust in selling the typical strong grants americans of all religion traditions with a much-needed option to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and over the top individualism.
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We conclude our book with Chapter Six, ‘‘Practicing the Common Good,’’ which looks at ways we can build the common good in all areas of society—through our politics, economics, and culture, and in our individual lives. We offer some real choices to make in these areas in order to overcome the false choices of the politics of division. And we take a look at the future of faith and politics in America, including the role the media play in communicating the values of Catholic and other faith communities.
In short, our responsibility to make the common good and social justice a reality in the world is a spiritual vocation. The Church’s teaching about this responsibility has a name: the Catholic social tradition. Never heard of it? You’re not alone. In the United States, Catholicism often has a distorted reputation 19 20 A NATION FOR ALL for focusing primarily on issues of personal morality and downplaying social concerns, a reputation driven in large part by individuals who foster this perception in order to further a particular political agenda.
THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TRADITION 31 The Social Justice Pope: Pius XI Four decades after Rerum Novarum, amid the global economic crisis that began in 1929, Pope Pius XI issued his 1931 encyclical, appropriately titled Quadragesimo Anno (The Fortieth Year). At a time when communism, fascism, and international financial entities were rising in influence, Pius undertook an expansion of several key principles of the Catholic social tradition. He strengthened the Church’s commitment to solidarity with workers and its condemnation of the gap between rich and poor.
A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division by Chris Korzen