Volume 1, Part 5

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Catholic faith requires the Church – and each member – to participate in shaping the moral character of society! This duty is a basic part of the mission we have received from Jesus Christ. Christ, in showing us the Father's love, also shows us what it truly means to be human (Gaudium et Spes). Christ's love for us lets us see our human dignity in full clarity – and compels us to love our neighbor as He has loved us.

What faith teaches about the dignity of the human person and about the sacredness of every human life helps us to see more clearly the same truths that also come to us through the gift of human reason. True faith and good reasoning are not opposed! At the core of these truths about the dignity of the human person and the sacredness of human life is respect for the dignity of every human person, born or unborn -this is the core of Catholic moral and social teaching!

Because we Catholics are persons of both faith and reason, it is appropriate and necessary for us to bring this essential truth about human life and dignity to the public square. To do so is to put into practice Christ's commandment to "love one another (Jn 13:34)." To do so is to bring to the public forum the gift of a consistent moral framework – drawn from good human reasoning that is illuminated by the Gospel and the teachings of the Church, as guided by the Holy Spirit, Who is the Spirit of Truth.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us: "It is necessary that all participate, each according to his position and role, in promoting the common good ... This obligation is inherent in the dignity of the human person ... As far as possible citizens should take an active part in public life (CCC 1913-1915)."

Deacon Joseph B. Gorini, Mechanicsburg PA <///><  [First Published September 26, 2010]

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