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Compendium of Social Wisdom

In spite of the limited media coverage of Monday's publication of the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, the event was an important moment. The compendium gathers, for the first time in the Church's history, magisterial teachings on social issues.

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Principled Giving in Times of Crisis

A core principle of effective compassion holds that the best type of assistance is that which puts those most affected by disaster back on their feet and in charge of their destinies in the shortest period of time. All good charity is local.

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Ending the 'Slavocracy'

Slavery is alive and well today. Recent estimates put the number of people in bondage at 27 million worldwide. The abolition of modern-day slavery is an urgent matter; in the words of Pope John Paul II, slavery constitutes a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights.

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Opening trade morally benefits all people

During the past decade, the Catholic Church has emerged as one of the strongest advocates of free trade. But a system that opens up trade opportunities also needs to be ordered by a moral law. There is no such thing as a genuinely free economy unless it is grounded in the reality of objective morality, Fr. Sirico says. The Vatican clearly understands this.

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The Virtue of Social Justice

The expression 'social justice' has been particularly well marketed. Everyone, it seems, is a champion of social justice. Groups may disagree with each other on nearly every moral issue but, when it comes to social justice, they all stand up and salute.

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The Role of Christian Anthropology in Welfare Reform

Past articulations of social policy have tended to ignore basic truths about the human person, leading to negative, long-term consequences for those in need. The rehabilitation of the proper exercise of human freedom is both the foundation and the goal of the future of welfare reform.

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