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1. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Suzanne Wentzel Introduction
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2. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Elisabeth M. Yang, Giovanni Patriarca, Diana M. Valentini The Cost of Indifference: General Apathy and Economic Paralysis?
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3. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Jens Mueller The Power of #Hashtags: Envisioning Solidarity in the Digital Sphere
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The article proposes that social media, particularly Twitter, has theological potential to foster solidarity through collective activism. It argues that solidarity is a social virtue, cultivated and habituated through social action in the digital sphere, thus becoming a key element in promoting the mission of the Church. The use of Twitter reinforces the importance of Catholic social movements and activism within the 21st century. The vision of solidarity in Catholic social thought ultimately contributes to the wider debate surrounding caring for the poor and empowering those on the margins, as well as promoting social justice through social media. The use of Twitter aids in the praxis solidarity in an effective way, demonstrating the transformative nature of social media for Catholic social thought. The example of the #BlackLivesMatter movement helps in underlining how people show their support through social media, extending the notion of solidarity from mere compassion toward working for the common good. With the aid of liberation theologies, the article emphasizes how solidarity moves beyond the public sphere into the digital world and becomes a key element in promoting social justice.
4. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Matthew Bagot Another Vision of Integral Human Development: Luigi Sturzo and Christian Smith on Human Personality and Global Politics
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This paper seeks to rehabilitate the work of the Italian priest and social theorist Luigi Sturzo in regard to two areas of current concern: first, the interdependence of nation-states and the emergence of the international community; and, second, the notion of human personality as ground for these developments. In this latter regard, the paper draws on the work of the sociologist Christian Smith to show how an account of the person that transcends empiricist positivism can shed light on authentic human development. Finally, the paper correlates this moral vision espoused by Sturzo and Smith with the work of some contemporary cosmopolitan democrats.
5. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Matthew Eaton, Timothy Harvie Laudato si’ and Animal Well-Being: Food Ethics in a Throwaway Culture
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In Laudato si’, Pope Francis calls for an “ecological conversion,” inviting his readers to abandon the interspecies violence characterizing our “throwaway culture,” which reductively and lamentably instrumentalizes the earth. Yet, while Francis recognizes the problems of systemic anthropogenic animal violence and economic agricultural imperialisms inherent in corporatized food production systems individually, he does not address the intersectional nature of these issues. Neither does he address the most obvious ethical conflicts arising in industrialized food production: the conflicts focused on meat eating. In this article, we explore what Laudato si’ means for the ethics of eating well with reference to industrialized animal agriculture and its relation to animal dignity and environmental concerns. After analyzing Laudato si’ on the economics and ethics of food, animal well-being, and ecological ethics, we discuss the possibilities and limitations of Catholic vegetarianism in the context of traditional ascetic fasting practices and a discussion of ecological lamentation.
6. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Daniel R. DiLeo Laudato si’ and Climate Change Communications: Public Theology Informed by the Social Sciences
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This article develops an evidence-based public theology of Laudato si’ that US Catholics might use to help society address anthropogenic climate change. The essay argues that religion generally and Laudato si’ specifically have the potential to inspire action in the United States to address human-forced climate change. At the same time, the article identifies the heretofore lack of social scientific data to discern which theological insights from the encyclical should be incorporated into a public theology of Laudato si’ that addresses this climate change. To redress this lacuna, the article presents original social scientific data from research about Laudato si’-informed climate change messages conducted on adults in the United States. Informed by this data, the essay concludes with discussion of how US Catholics might proceed to construct an evidence-based public theology of Laudato si’ in response to anthropogenic climate change.
7. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Terence McGoldrick Indigenous Community Cooperatives: A New Paradigm for Integral Ecology
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After World War II, various versions of cooperatives adapted to modern economies were begun by the Church and governments. They were considered central to development strategy, remain so in many places today. This article touches on the role of missionaries beginning cooperatives with the poor indigenous peoples of Bolivia and Kenya, showing how they have evolved into a successful and sustainable enterprise in today’s globalized economy. Indigenous traditional sacred cultural ties to the land and community are transformed into a successful business model that may not be as efficient as the capitalist model from a production perspective, but they are more sustainable as forces for the greater well-being of the community and the earth. I will argue that they offer a new way to consider efficiency as sustainable management of their sacred heritage lands in a Trinitarian integral ecology that is an example of the kind of new thinking that Catholic social thought calls for to counter the threats posed by our current global economic system.
8. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Philip Booth Ethics in Economics: Lessons and Themes for Further Development from Oeconomicae et pecuniariae quaestiones
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Since the financial crisis, there has been much discussion about the importance of ethics in economic life. An important contribution to this discussion was a 2018 Vatican letter on the financial system which reiterated and further developed Catholic social teaching. This article argues that the Catholic Church is correct to unite the disciplines of economics and ethics. However, it is proposed that, as Catholic social teaching in this field develops further, there should be more focus on the importance and development of the virtues. The letter reaffirmed earlier Catholic Church teaching on the regulation of markets. Once again, the formation in the virtues, especially the virtue of prudence, can help us make discerning judgments about the place of regulation in economic life. Furthermore, an understanding of human anthropology and the economic history of financial institutions can help us make prudent judgments in relation to these issues.
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9. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 2
Kate Ward Consumer Ethics in a Global Economy: How Buying Here Causes Injustice There
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10. Journal of Catholic Social Thought: Volume > 17 > Issue: 1
Martin Schlag, Jeanne Buckeye Building Institutions for the Common Good: The Purpose and Practice of Business in an Inclusive Economy
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Mary Hirschfeld The Economic Common Good and Institutions
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Martin Schlag Building Institutions for the Economic Common Good: A Response to Mary Hirschfeld
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Clemens Sedmak The Common Good as Principle for Business
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Stefano Zamagni The Common Good as Principle for Business
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Robert G. Kennedy Response to Zamagni and Sedmak: The Common Good as Principle for Business
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Ernest S. Pierucci Wonder, the Person, and the Common Good in Catholic Social Teaching
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Robert Rebman Corporate Responsibility, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Common Good: Reporting, Accountability, and Stakeholder Action
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Richard Turnbull A Protestant View of the Common Good
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Klaus Baumann Health and Social Welfare Economy and the Common Good: Responsibilities of Society, Church and State—A Catholic Perspective
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T. Dean Maines, Paul J. Wojda CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center: Realizing the Common Good in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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