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1. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 16 > Issue: 1
Barbara E. Wall Introduction
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2. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 16 > Issue: 1
Christophère Ngolele, SJ African Wisdom in Dialogue with Laudato si’: An Environmental Ethics Based on the Paradigm of Recognition and Sacred Care
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Andrew Kuzma The Pope of Sand County: The Environmental Aesthetics of Laudato si’ and Aldo Leopold
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In Laudato si’, Pope Francis says that the way to begin solving environmental problems is by “learning to see and appreciate beauty” (§ 215). Environmental ethicists have long known that beauty motivates people to protect nature. What form that takes depends upon how one defines beauty. In A Sand County Almanac, Aldo Leopold shares not only his famous land ethic, but also a land aesthetic. This paper will show that Laudato si’ and A Sand County Almanac present similar aesthetics emphasizing receptivity to objective natural beauty. First, I will consider Pope Francis’s uses of beauty. I then look to how environmental ethicists have evaluated beauty to determine what makes an environmental aesthetic robust rather than superficial. Finally, I examine how A Sand County Almanac both demonstrates receptivity and forms the reader to be receptive. I contend that reading A Sand County Almanac represents one way to practice Pope Francis’s instructions.
4. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 16 > Issue: 1
Kathleen Grimes How the Uncanny Kinship between Prison and Slavery Requires Catholic Social Teaching to Reconsider Its Stance on Crime and Punishment
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Alex Mikulich Catholic Social Teaching and Race: Embracing Racial Intimacy
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Annie Selak Missing Voices in Amoris laetitia: An Examination of Law, Narrative, and Possibilities for Inclusion in Roman Catholic Church Teaching
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Catholic social teaching appeals to the universal dimension of the Church. Specific details and lived experience are sacrificed in an effort to address the universal Church. In striving to speak to the universal, particular voices are missing. American case law approaches the universal through the particular by grounding law in the cases of specific persons. Narrative is tied to the case, and as a result, embedded in the law. This paper asks how the study of Church teaching might be enriched by being in conversation with American case law. In examining the benefits and liabilities of including narrative in an apostolic exhortation, this paper addresses ecclesiological questions and the relationship of law and religion.
7. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 16 > Issue: 1
Marc Tumeinski Fraternity Is the Foundation of Peace: Learning from the World Day of Peace Messages of Pope Francis
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The first five messages for the world day of peace (2014 through 2018) from Pope Francis highlight fraternity as “the foundation and pathway” of peace. This paper examines two aspects of fraternity and peacebuilding: the first rooted in the transfiguring power of beauty; and the second in the call to holiness within the Father’s plan of loving goodness, which includes the call to an active nonviolent love and to a contemplative gaze upon our sisters and brothers. Francis’s writings are considered broadly, and in conjunction with those of his predecessors Benedict XVI and John Paul II, as well as with those of contemporary theologians.
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8. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 16 > Issue: 1
Thomas J. Massaro, SJ, PhD Modern Catholic Social Teaching: Commentaries and Interpretations
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Anna Floerke Scheid, PhD African, Christian, Feminist: The Enduring Search for What Matters
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Margaret R. Pfeil, PhD The Cosmic Common Good: Religious Grounds for Ecological Ethics
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