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Thursday, September 5, 2013

CSDC 33: The commandment of love, law of life

The third analytical index entry for "Law" in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church points to no. 33. This appears in chapter one ("God's Plan of Love for Humanity"), section II ("Jesus Christ the Fulfilment of the Father's Plan of Love"), subsection b ("The revelation of trinitarian love"). Among other things, no. 33 grounds human solidarity in a particular kind of unity that reflects the Trinity:

33. The commandment of mutual love, which represents the law of life for God's people[32],must inspire, purify and elevate all human relationships in society and in politics. “To be human means to be called to interpersonal communion”[33], because the image and the likeness of the Trinitarian God are the basis of the whole of “human ethos', which reaches its apex in the commandment of love”[34]. The modern cultural, social, economic and political phenomenon of interdependence, which intensifies and makes particularly evident the bonds that unite the human family, accentuates once more, in the light of Revelation, “a new model of the unity of the human race, which must ultimately inspire our solidarity. This supreme model of unity, which is a reflection of the intimate life of God, one God in three Persons, is what we Christians mean by the word 'communion'”[35].

[32] Cf. Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, Dogmatic Constitution Lumen Gentium, 9:AAS 57 (1965), 12-14.

[33] John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem, 7: AAS 80 (1988), 1666.

[34] John Paul II, Apostolic Letter Mulieris Dignitatem, 7: AAS 80 (1988), 1665-1666.

[35] John Paul II, Encyclical Letter Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 40: AAS 80 (1988), 569.

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“The economy exists to serve the human person, not the other way around.
Economic life should be shaped by moral principles and ethical norms.
Economic choices should be measured by whether they enhance or threaten human life, human dignity and human rights.
A fundamental concern must be support for the family and the well-being of children.
The moral measure of any economy is how the weakest are faring.”

The United Nations has been put to the test. Their definition of globalization, like their definition of Love is atheistic, because they have removed God from the equation.

Posted by: Nancy | Sep 6, 2013 12:04:21 PM

That should read:

"Ten years after the pastoral was written, the bishops reflected upon its impact and summarized the central message of the letter in five points:

1. The economy exists to serve the human person, not the other way around.
2. Economic life should be shaped by moral principles and ethical norms.
3. Economic choices should be measured by whether they enhance or threaten human life, human dignity and human rights.
4. A fundamental concern must be support for the family and the well-being of children.
5. The moral measure of any economy is how the weakest are faring."

( From The U.S. Bishops' Pastoral Letter: Economic Justice For All After 25 Years)

Posted by: Nancy | Sep 6, 2013 12:21:35 PM

As far as The United Nations is concerned, " the modern cultural, social, economic, and political phenomenon of interdependence" is consistent with "a new model of the human race", rather than the truth about the human person as revealed by The Word of God.

Posted by: Nancy | Sep 6, 2013 4:50:34 PM