Introduction to the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church
 

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Shed your fears: Give to others

November 14, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The 17th century British philosopher Thomas Hobbes is generally regarded as the founder of the modern social contract theory. Hobbes often joked that he was born prematurely when his mother heard the approaching Spanish Armada in 1588. "Fear and I were born twins," he said, reflecting his conviction that the fear of death and the need for security are the basis of social organization.

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Stand in solidarity, not solitude

November 7, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

In the late 1960s, Pierre Trudeau made his famous proclamation that the state has no business in the bedrooms of the nation. Trudeau's declaration summed up the prevailing sentiment in the Western world on the nature of human rights – that they represent a zone of privacy which no other force may invade.

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Aspects of the Human Person

October 31, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

At least since the time of Plato, philosophers have been speculating on the nature of the human person. However, while one may call this speculation, it is not a hollow academic exercise. For one's perspective on the human person determines one's action. And a "philosophy of man" widely held in society goes a long way to determining the nature of that society.

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The tragedy of sin

October 24, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

I was a child of the 1960s. Reaching adolescence at about the same time the hippies became popular and the radical student movement began to burst into public consciousness, I thought I glimpsed the seeds of a bright new future for the world.

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Jesus taught social justice

October 17, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

Modern Catholic social teaching is generally seen as having begun with Pope Leo XIII's 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum (On New Things).

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The Church must teach morality

October 10, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

One of the least-examined assumptions of our supposedly enlightened age is the belief that history can be compared with an individual's growth from childhood to maturity. Just as the child leaves behind its imaginary world of toys and Santa Claus, so too does the mature society abandon its comforting notions of God, objective morality and other "superstitions."

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Only God knows his eternal plan

October 3, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

I believe God wants me to be president," George W. Bush once said. Well, perhaps. One's personal call from God is a mysterious thing and God's "plan" for human history is even harder for mortals to fathom.

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Ignite the flame of human dignity

September 26, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

When Copernicus showed that, despite appearances, the world was not flat nor the centre of the universe, we began to gain a much more accurate picture of the cosmos.

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Gospel demands revolution of love

September 19, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Christian vocation is quite simply the vocation to love.

The Trinity itself is a communion of infinite love. Because of that love, God created humanity and then sent the Son to reveal to us the fullness of that love.

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Catholic Social teaching: Neither right nor left

September 12, 2005
GLEN ARGAN
WESTERN CATHOLIC REPORTER

The Catholic Church's contribution to public debate in Canada is increasingly portrayed as a morally conservative agenda opposed to same-sex marriage and opposed to abortion. To be sure, those are major issues, ones of which the Church tends to speak not from a religious perspective, but from a view of what is good for the human person.

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Catholic Social Teachings