Social Justice Flashcards Preview

Moral Theology > Social Justice > Flashcards

Flashcards in Social Justice Deck (39)
Loading flashcards...

What is the theological basis for human dignity?

Made in the image and likeness of God. Imago Dei (Gen 1:27)
• 1 Cor. 8:11 and Rom. 14:15 => Every person (esp. poor and suffering) is a brother or sister for whom Christ died.


How is freedom valuable?

• Freedom is valuable because HB can turn to the good ONLY in freedom (In order to love, we must first be free)


In what way is freedom limited?

• 1) We are not free to construct the meaning of good and evil by ourselves (i.e., freedom is bound be truth)
• It is God who ultimately determines what is good and what is evil
• 2) Freedom is limited by the moral law, which instructs us to seek good and avoid evil
• Natural Law —> Through reason
• We also know the moral law through Revealed Law and Grace


What's the foundation of human rights?

Human Dignity (Reason, Revelation, Human Nature)


What are the six fundamental human rights?

• 1) Life = is the foundational right because it is necessary for the exercise of all other rights.
• 2) Formation = The right to live in a united family and in a moral environment conducive to the growth of the child’s personality.
• 3) Truth = The right to develop one’s intelligence and freedom in seeking and knowing the truth.
• 4) Work = The right to share in the work which makes use of the earth’s material resources, and to derive from that work the means to support oneself and one’s dependents.
• 5) Family = The right to freely establish a family, to have and to rear children through the responsible exercise of one’s sexuality.
• 6) Religious Freedom = The right to live in the truth of one’s faith and in conformity with one’s transcendent dignity as a person.
• This right has “paramount value” —> Most important (even more than life)


How are rights violated?

wars, violence, genocides, mass deportation, new forms of slavery, child soldiers, exploitation of workers, illegal drug trafficking, prostitution


What is the “common good” (two definitions)

1) The good of all people and of the whole person (this is more general)
2) The sum total of social conditions which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their fulfillment more fully and more easily. Gadium et Spes 26 (this is more specific)


What is the principle of the Universal Destination of Earthly Goods?

• Principle of UDEG = Each person must have access to the level of well-being necessary for his development
• Implied Right of UDEG = The universal right to use the goods of the earth (the right to the common use of goods)
• Theological/Biblical Grounding = The call made unceasingly by the Gospel to people and societies of all times, tempted as they always are by the desire to possess, temptations which the Lord chose to undergo in order to teach us how to overcome them with his grace.
• Luke 4:1-14 —> Jesus is tempted by the Devil in the wilderness


What are the four main benefits of private property?

1) The ability to own and therefore benefit means that property will be more plentiful
2) Property will be better cared for
3) Less controversy
4) When you own something, you have the possibility of giving to others


What are the three main disadvantages of private property?

1) When combined with a free market for the price of labor, private ownership of the means of production can result in an unjust wage.
2) Private property can be hoarded (not given). A person can possess more than he needs, but be unwilling to give of his excess to the poor who really need it (and this causes the poor to suffer).
3) This hoarding can in turn negatively affect the owner of the property: turns to the spiritual problem of avarice (greed)


What are the four main benefits of economic liberalism / the free market?

• Free Market = The freedom to exchange what one owns, including one’s labor.
1) Competitiveness of the market itself encourages efficiency
2) Factors of production will be used in the most efficient way (b/c the most efficient producer will win the competition)
3) Price system: Where you allow the market to operate, prices reflect demand and supply.
4) Free market respects preferences


What is the Church’s proposed solution to address the limitations of the free market?

Allow people to own the means of production, but make their behavior in the labor market more just:
1) Force them to do what is right:
• State (i.e., minimum wage; child labor laws, federal agencies inspecting work conditions)
• Unions: 1) threatening to put them out of business (not come to work); 2) picket (don’t allow replacement workers to enter)
2) Persuade them to do what is right (change hearts)


What is “consumerism,” as Pope John Paul II defines it?

When we appeal directly to the person’s instincts (while ignoring the reality of the person as intelligent and free)


Give an example of a “structure of sin” involving the economy

-The Free Market: Consumerism is caused not by the free market itself, but by bad choices on the part of individuals (who misuse their freedom and transform the market into a ‘structure of sin’)
-Unjust wages


What is the Principle of Subsidiarity?

Higher associations (i.e., government) should not do what lesser associations (i.e., businesses, unions, charities, churches, families) are capable of doing.


What are the two main reasons why the Church likes the principle of Subsidiarity?

1) It prevents a heavy-handed state (i.e., excessive centralization, bureaucratization, and welfare assistance)
2) It better allows for the possibility of self-gift (i.e., give to the poor in person; more efficient)


In regard to questions of international development, what is “dependency theory”?

According to dependency theory, economic underdevelopment is caused by the rich.
• —> The rich keep them poor by taking advantage of them.
• Kinds of Abuse:
1) Rich countries can manipulate the terms of trade for their own advantage (i.e., Government subsidies, companies subsidizing their own products (e.g., dumping))
2) Rich countries lend money to poor countries at too high of an interest rate (control capital)
3) Multi-National Companies abuse workers and the environment when they do come in (i.e., take advantage of workers’ rights and the environment)


In regard to questions of international development, what is “economic liberalism”?

According to economic liberalism, economic underdevelopment is caused by the underdeveloped countries themselves.
• —> It’s their own fault. Rich countries are not to blame (at worst, the problem is neglect).
• Underdeveloped nations are poor because they have not stable, effective political systems to provide infrastructure and no security to attract capital investments.
• Investors are looking for Stability, Decent Work Force, and Infrastructure, and underdeveloped countries don’t have them


What are the non-economic causes of underdevelopment, according to Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate?

• Non-Economic Causes:
1) “Lack of wisdom and reflection, a lack of thinking capable of formulating a guiding synthesis.”
2) Lack of human responsibility
3) Neglect of the duties of solidarity
4) Lack of deep thinking
5) Lack of brotherhood among individuals and peoples


What are the characteristics of human rights?

1) Indivisible: All are important
2) Universal: Present in ALL human beings
3) Inviolable: Inherent in Human Dignity
4) Inalienable: One cannot be deprived of their rights


What are the disadvantages of economic liberalism / free market?

1) It doesn’t respond to all human needs
2) Threats to the natural environment.
3) Threats to the human environment
4) Can encourage consumerism
5) It does not prevent the errors of economism (considering human labor solely according to its economic purpose) and materialism (the belief that the material reality is primary)


According to Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, how does the culture of death understand “nature”?

Nature is now reduced to matter, and is subjected to every kind of manipulation


According to Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, how does the culture of death understand “freedom”?

Freedom is the ‘freedom of the strong’ against the weak who have no choice but to submit


According to Pope John Paul II in Evangelium Vitae, how does the culture of death understand “suffering”?

Suffering is the epitome of evil and should be eliminated at all costs


Regarding the death penalty, do governments have a right to it: for self-defense, in principle? Why or why not?

Yes, but only in order to protect the common good as a last means


Regarding the death penalty, do governments have a right to it: for self-defense, in present circumstances in the U.S? Why or why not?

No, because in the U.S. there is always the capability to protect the society via imprisonment


Regarding the death penalty, do governments have a right to it: for punishment, for the sake of deterrence? Why or why not?

No, it cannot be used for this means because there is never the option for repentence and it is not necessary for deterrence because that is the point of prison


Regarding the death penalty, do governments have a right to it: for punishment, for the sake of retribution? Why or why not?

No, a government cannot use it as a sake of retribution because the evil of the crime is not undone or balanced out via the death penalty


Regarding the death penalty, do governments have a right to it: for punishment, for the sake of reform? Why or why not?

No, because if they are dead then that cannot be reformed


How is non-violence justified theologically?

Because we are called to love our neighbor as ourselves (turn the other cheek), and Christ himself acted non-violently as he was charged falsely and crucified