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By Chris Korzen

At the eve of crucial presidential election in many years, A state FOR ALL sounds the trumpet to the thousands and thousands of U.S. Catholics who've refused to shop for the idea that individuals of religion needs to join the slender schedule of the a ways correct. via shining the sunshine of real Catholic educating on urgent modern issues like conflict, human dignity, poverty, and the looming worldwide weather main issue, this ebook exhibits Catholics how their very own religion culture calls them to take on a sweeping array of matters generally omitted of the religion and politics conversation. most vital, A state FOR ALL demonstrates how the center Catholic and Christian trust in selling the typical reliable supplies american citizens of all religion traditions with a much-needed strategy to the downward spiral of greed, materialism, and over the top individualism.

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Our church’s long history of grounding the common good in the dignity of the human person and the specific demands of justice makes Catholics especially well suited to challenge our nation’s leaders to embrace a more robust common good agenda. No political party has a monopoly on moral values, and both Republicans and Democrats have an equal opportunity to succeed or fail in living up to the obligations of the common good. As Catholics, our faith inspires us to help reshape our culture and serve not as members of just another interest group but as participants in a global church that recognizes our common humanity as children of God.

The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers Because each human person has inherent dignity independent of his or her economic value, work is designed to benefit the person, not the other way around. ’’ As such, a concern for the dignity of work and the rights of workers must ground any social or economic program. In this era of economic globalization, it is all the more important to remember that people should always take priority over profit. Workers, in the Catholic social tradition, have essential human rights: to a just and living THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TRADITION 27 wage that will support workers’ families, to organize and bargain collectively through trade unions, to safe and to humane working conditions, and to leisure time to spend with their friends and families.

So what happened to the Catholic vision of the common good in the public square? In general, the past four decades have witnessed a slow erosion of common good values, along with the decline of community, a rise in corporate power, and the movement of working-class Catholics from the economic margins of American society to a comfortable place in the middle class. The 1980s in particular witnessed the advance of a political philosophy that vilified ‘‘big government’’—an idea that resonated widely at a time of economic stagnation and gloomy American morale.

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