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Important Papal Address--Faith and Politics
LONDON, September 17, 2010-- Pope Benedict XVI delevered a key note address at Westminstier Hall discussing the marginailation of religion, especially Christianity, in discussion of public policy, morality and ethics. He focuses on the critical intercection of faith and reason.


Catholics for the Common Good board member, Fr. Michael Sweeney, OP, explores the nature of the common good and the particular responsibility of the laity for its discernment and proposal to the culture. The Fathers of the Second Vatican Council declared that "the laity... are called by God to exercise their apostolate in the world like leaven, with the ardor of the spirit of Christ" (Apostolicam actuositatem §2). But how are lay Catholics supposed to put this duty into practice?

Fr. Sweeeney is President of the Dominican School of  Philosophy and Theology in Berkeley, CA.

This is the second lecture in the Manhattan Forum series sponsored by the St. Anthony of Padua Institute. In this lecture, "The Common Good and the Lay Apostolate."


Pope Benedict XVI speaks on the Common Good

Pope Benedict Stresses Principle of the Common Good
VATICAN CITY, May 24, 2010  -- "The common good is the purpose that gives meaning to the progress and development, which would otherwise be limited solely to the production of material goods; they are necessary, but without an orientation towards the common good, consumerism prevails in the end, along with waste, poverty, and imbalances, negative factors for progress and development," Pope Benedict XVI told participants at the conference sponsored by the Centesimus Annus-Pro Pontifice Foundation on May 22. The conference was on the relationship of "Development, Progress, and the Common Good."


Achieving Solidarity with Victims Through Christ
Christ Saves Us from the Mechanism of Violence

VATICAN, April 2, 2010 -- How easy is it for us to focus on certain groups of people for the problems of the culture. How easy is it for us to attack them. Ironically, it can feel good. It leads to a sense of exhaltation, a sense of rightiousness, but it drains grace and obstructs love. It leads to violence -- if not physical, then certainly a violation of the dignity of the other.


"A Reflection on Business Ethics in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching,
with Special Reference to Pope Benedict XVI’s Latest Encyclical,
Caritas in Veritate"

t is well known that the tradition of Catholic social teaching began with the Encyclical Letter of Pope Leo XIII, Rerum Novarum, in 1891.  However, it is not as if Pope Leo invented something entirely new, from scratch; rather, like any great new development of thought, Catholic social teaching has drawn out what was already contained virtually in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Tradition, brought it more into the light and developed it by applying it to the specific circumstances of the time.


Pope Urges Responsibility for Creation
An Integral Human Development (Video)


Pope Benedict XVI Lenten Message
See video report

Go Against the Current During Lent
Path of Conversion and Openness to Divine Love

VATICAN CITY, February 17, 2010 - "Today, Ash Wednesday, we begin the Lenten path that lasts forty days and which leads us to the joy of the Lord's Easter", the Pope said at the beginning of his catechesis during today's general audience, celebrated in the Paul VI Audience Hall.


Free Will, Conscience and Moral Choice
In a recent interview with Eleanor Clift in Newsweek magazine (Dec. 21), House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was asked about her disagreements with the United States Catholic bishops concerning Church teaching. Speaker Pelosi replied, in part: “I practically mourn this difference of opinion because I feel what I was raised to believe is consistent with what I profess, and that we are all endowed with a free will and a responsibility to answer for our actions. And that women should have the opportunity to exercise their free will.”


Pope Benedict XVI

Holy Family Sunday Message
Safeguard the Family Founded on Marriage

VATICAN CITY, December 27, 2009 (VIS) - Before praying the Angelus on this Sunday of the Holy Family, the Pope reminded the faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square that "God wished to reveal Himself by being born in a human family, and hence the human family has become an icon of God.


The Human Person in God's Plan of Love
The revelation in Christ of the mystery of God as Trinitarian love is at the same time the revelation of the vocation of the human person to love.


The Family, the Vital Cell of Society
The importance and centrality of the family with regard to the person and society is repeatedly underlined by Sacred Scripture. “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen 2:18). From the texts that narrate the creation of man (cf. Gen 1:26-28, 2:7-24) there emerges how — in God's plan — the couple constitutes “the first form of communion between persons”[458].


President Obama has audience with Pope Benedict XVI, July 2009

Read Along with President Obama
When President Obama met with Pope Benedict XVI on July 10, 2009, the Holy Father gave him an "unannouced gift," a copy of Dignitas Personae, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith's instruction on bioethics that was released last September 8, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The President said he would read it on the plane to his next stop in Africa. Taking him at his word, take a look at what he read: Dignitas Personae


Philosophy for Beginners: The Theology of Death
The most vital question in any study of the nature of death is this: in what sense can death be said to be the destiny of Man? This will help us to answer further questions about the natural character of death, and help us to understand Christ's death and our own. 


Pope Benedict: The Human Family, a Community of Peace 
The natural family, as an intimate communion of life and love, based on marriage between a man and a woman, constitutes "the primary place of ‘humanization' for the person and society", and a "cradle of life and love". The family is therefore rightly defined as the first natural society, "a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order".


Donald DeMarco, PhD, author of Roots of Discrimination, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, weak, unborn, embryo, fetus

Roots of Discrimination
The Universal Nature of the Human Being

John Paul II, in Crossing the Threshold of Hope, refers to “the great anthropocentric shift in philosophy,” in which Descartes redefines the human being in terms of consciousness. Referring to St. Thomas Aquinas, John Paul reiterates that “it is not thought which determines existence, but existence, ‘esse,’ which determines thought!” In other words, it is man who thinks, not thinking that is man.




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