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Laudato Si: Human Dignity

Saturday, October 24, 2015

In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis employs the concept of human dignity as part of a wide appeal to all men and women. I think he does so because human dignity is something that anyone can come to recognise without faith, i.e. by the lights of human reason alone. In this post, I want to explore what human dignity means, and in particular, what it means for Christians. Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: International Issues

Friday, June 06, 2014
On international issues, Catholic Social Teaching is fundamentally concerned with solidarity for the common good. It acknowledges the interdependence between countries and presses for greater co-operation to establish fairer economic and political structures and to defend basic human rights. In these respects, the Church shows herself to be a 'moral Great Power', not just through her teaching, her diplomacy and the visible role of the Papacy (important though these are), but also in the reality on the ground, with her humanitarian outreach in hospitals, schools, missionary outposts, and even perhaps your local parish. Read more

Catholic Voices Training Day

Wednesday, June 04, 2014
On Saturday the Oxford community were joined by the Novices from Cambridge for a "Catholic Voices" media training day. The event was a great success! Valuable skills of effective communication were enhanced through the insights and practical exercises offered to us by the founders of Catholic Voices, Austen Ivereigh and Jack Valero.  Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Marriage and the Family

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Betrothal of St. Joseph and Our Lady

Catholic Social Teaching: Right to Life

Monday, May 19, 2014
Christians are not the only ones who can claim ownership over the values that form the basis of the right to life. After all, it is enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art 3), “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Such a declaration was written after the atrocities of the Second World War, where it was revealed Nazi Germany ran death camps for the routine and industrialised murder of millions who were opposed to the Nazi ideology, or happened to be Jewish or Roma gypsy. This is not to mention the millions who were killed for ideological reasons in Soviet nations in the 20th century, who were either worked to death, murdered, or ‘disappeared’. There was a clear need to enshrine human rights into law. Through human history it is pretty obvious that we have an original sin as human beings. We always seem to have a tendency to descend into a state of barbarism. Destroying everything that has been built up often seems to be an easy option for humanity. Events in the 20th century show us the atrocities that we are capable of, the denial of a fundamental right to life. Evil seems to spread where there is a lack of the good, no hope for the future, and where extreme poverty and food insecurity prevail. 
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Catholic Social Teaching: Stewardship of Creation and the Enviroment

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Catholic Social Teaching: Education

Friday, May 09, 2014

Blackfriars Overseas Aid Trust (BOAT) – AGM 2014

Wednesday, May 07, 2014
The Christian gospel is not just something which affects our personal and family lives. It also sends us out into the world to bring healing and hope. Charitable giving should be a central plank in our spiritual lives as a 'corporal work of mercy' (along with prayer and fasting). As Pope Francis never ceases to remind us, we are in solidarity with the poor; we cannot stand aloof and think that another person's suffering is not our problem. Of course, we cannot help everyone all the time, but we must do what we can. Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Health

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
“Sharing in the joys and hopes, sorrows and anxieties of the people of every age, the Church has constantly accompanied and sustained humanity in its struggle against pain and its commitment to improve health. At the same time, she has striven to reveal to mankind the meaning of suffering and the riches of the Redemption brought by Christ the Saviour.” (WDS 2000). Whilst in many countries the vast majority of healthcare is now provided by ‘secular’ institutions, the structures and pattern of Western medical and nursing care nonetheless remain imprinted by this legacy of centuries of Christian healthcare ministry. Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Economic Justice and the Dignity of the Worker

Thursday, May 01, 2014
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