How Catholic Social Principles Inform Third Millennium Catholic Social Activity

Paul Keggington

October 31, 2010

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s community discussions include reading and study on Catholic Social Teaching with November’s specific focus the  foundational element of respect for the life and dignity of the human person.

Sister Kay Klackner, OSF, offers possible conversation starters.  In an overview of the history of Catholic social justice teachings and actions from biblical times through today she remarks that “scholars have cited that Catholic Social Teaching remains a ‘best kept secret’ for many Catholics. What do you think? ”

Manitowoc Right To LifeA Manitowoc, WI, Life Chain held October 31, 2010 is one  example of making explicit curricular connections between Catholic Social Teaching and social action. Planned by Manitowoc Right to Life, this event was part of a national movement drawing people of  all ages to pray silently against abortion. 

The hour of prayer  invited self-analysis, repentance and serious commitment to help end abortion in our nation. It also was an opportunity to unite local churches and to inform our local media, law enforcement, public officials, and all about respect for the unborn child in our community and beyond.

Sister Chiara LaValley, OSF, one of the organizers, had this to say:

I am a part of the Manitowoc Right to Life group. Life Chain is something that they have participated in the past. When we voted on participating this year, the reasons were: It is a good cause, something all of us are able to do and have the time, and someone needs to be the voice of the voiceless.

October Respect Life Chain“Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore, is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family” (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, p. 1-2).

The Catholic Social Principles inform third millennium Catholic social activity.  Do you make a connection between respect for life and social justice activities?

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