The Common Good
Podcast: Season 2, Episode 5
Episode five is now available on Youtube and podcast feeds!
Of the four principles of Catholic Social Teaching, I think the Common Good may be the most difficult for American Catholics to accept.
The heart of the common good is that human beings are made in the image and likeness of a God who is a Communion of Persons. We are, by our very nature, social beings who are radically interdependent on each other. We all need others to live and thrive, therefore we all have a responsibility to help others live and thrive.
The Church’s teaching here is challenging. But it’s also an invitation to a life free of fear, free of the need to constantly grasp at security.
Dominic and Paul walk through the second of the four principles of Catholic Social Teaching: the Common Good. The Church teaches that every single human person is owed the material means they need to flourish, namely: food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education, employment, rest, etc. This is both challenging teaching and wonderfully good news.
“Man has the right to live. He has the right to bodily integrity and to the means necessary for the proper development of life, particularly food, clothing, shelter, medical care, rest, and, finally, the necessary social services. In consequence, he has the right to be looked after in the event of illhealth; disability stemming from his work; widowhood; old age; enforced unemployment; or whenever through no fault of his own he is deprived of the means of livelihood” (Pacem in Terris 11).
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