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(4) Moreover, Freedom and Human Dignity are human rights which "are grounded on the inviolable dignity of the human person made in the image of God." Freedom and Human Dignity are seen as means, not the ends of common good.[11]

The responsibilities which go along with these rights and means to building a socially just society are both individual and communal responsibilities. These "responsibilities include participation to advance the public good, respect for the dignity and rights of others, and the protection of the weak and the vulnerable."[12]

An important facet of CST has to do with its approach to "order and stewardship". Cochran proclaims the key to be:"Although many schools of Christian political thinking place order and the authority of government to punish evil on the list of responsibilities, the Catholic impulse is to integrate this responsibility to pursue justice and common good."[13] Sanders and Pope Francis have spoken up against the death penalty and incarceration situation in America. They have spoken up for the need of governments and peoples of the world to unite in protecting the world from climate change and other abuses of an overly individualistic and out-of-control so-called development actions.

All and all, Sanders and the leaders of CST teaching of the Catholic church have a lot in common to think and talk about this weekend. I am looking forward to seeing what comes of the renewed Socialist-Catholic relationship in years to come.


[1] Cochran, Clarke E. (2009) "Life on the Border: A Catholic Perspective" published in Kemeny,P.C. , Church, State and Public Justice: Five Views, USA: Intervarsity Press, pp. 58-59.

[2] Ibid. pp. 48-49.

[3] "Natural Law" defined at

[4] Catholic Moral Theology" defined at

[5] Cochran, Clarke E., pp. 49-50.

[6] Ibid., p.51.

[7] Ibid. , p.52.

[8] Ibid., p. 53.

[9] Naturally, there has been some progress in a variety of corners of the world in fighting inequalities over the past 4 decades as noted in Charles Lane's op-ed piece entitled, "The Sanders-Pope Francis 'moral economy' could hurt the income inequality fight". However, his piece looks at the world from the perspective of a satellite and not at the ground level where most people live and function.

The fact that the Washington Post has published such a piece on the eve of the Sanders' visit to the Vatican shows how afraid the status-quo elite hate or fear a socialist catholic alliance developing in America or elsewhere.

[10] Cochran, Clarke E., pp. 52.

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