Human Dignity in Catholic Social Thought

February 17, 2014 by  
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A book on Human DignityNew Delhi, 11 Feb 2014: A new book, Human Dignity in Catholic Social Thought, edited by Rev. Dr Charles Irudayam, Secretary, CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development and published by Asian Trading Corporation (ATC), Bangalore, was released by the CBCI President His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias on Saturday, 8 February 2014, during the 31st CBCI plenary assembly, in Palai, Kerala. The first copies of the book were handed to Bishop Soosai Manickam of Sivagangai diocese and to Bishop Gerald Almeida, an Episcopal member of the CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development.

The book encapsulates the Catholic teaching on human dignity. While the book does not pretend to be a compendium of the Catholic Church’s teaching on Human Dignity, it, however, includes the biblical perspectives on human dignity. It also highlights the patristic teaching on human dignity, besides broadly discussing the concept in the teachings of different popes beginning with Leo XIII till Francis.

The book also contains a well written foreword by Most Rev. Yvon Ambroise, Chairperson of CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development, in addition to complimentary messages from the CBCI President His Eminence Oswald Cardinal Gracias, His Excellency Salvatore Pennacchio, Apostolic Nuncio in India, and Fr Paul Lansu, a senior official from Pax Christi International.

It may be rightly remembered that Pope Francis seizes every opportunity to uphold human dignity. 11 February being the World Day of the Sick, Pope Francis has said, “The dignity of the person… is no less when that person is weak, disabled or in need of help.” He underpinned the significance of human dignity when he stated, “The dignity of each human person and the pursuit of the common good are concerns which ought to shape all economic policies.” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 203)

By publishing the book, CBCI Office for Justice, Peace and Development hopes to cultivate respect for human dignity, promote fraternity, equality, justice, peace and the joy of living in the Church and in the society at large.


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