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Marquette University Press
Confronting the Climate Crisis: Catholic Theological Perspectives
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Shelves: BX1795.H82 C67 2011
Grounding Catholic social thought is the belief that each human person has an intrinsic dignity and a desire for relationships with others that should lead to cooperating for their mutual good, making decisions individually and collectively to achieve it, and showing preference for the poor, vulnerable, and suffering in decision-making and actions. Rooted in the sacred scriptures, reflected upon at least implicitly for centuries by theologians, and taught by bishops of the Roman Catholic Church (the magisterium), principles to guide our decisionmaking and actions began to be considered collectively toward the end of the 19th century as “Catholic social teaching” through which the bishops direct the faithful in living lovingly in relation to one another because of their relationship with God.
Schaefer, Jame, "Solidarity, Subsidiarity, and Preference for the Poor: Extending Catholic Social Teaching In Response to the Climate Crisis" (2011). Theology Faculty Research and Publications. 219.