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Life & Dignity of the Human Person: Overview

  All of Catholic Social Teaching begins and ends with one basic principle: Every person — regardless of race, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, employment or economic status, health, intelligence, achievement or any other characteristic — is worthy of respect. Our dignity does not come from what we say or do, it comes … Read More


What Does it Mean to Be Human?

Dignity of the Human Person: God is love. Every human is created in God’s image. Every human person is a unique expression of God’s love. Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all of the principles … Read More


Created in the Image of God

Dignity of the Human Person: God is love. Every human is created in God’s image. Every human person is a unique expression of God’s love. Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all of the principles … Read More


Human Dignity

Dignity of the Human Person: God is love. Every human is created in God’s image. Every human person is a unique expression of God’s love. Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all of the principles … Read More


Rights and Duties of Persons

Dignity of the Human Person: God is love. Every human is created in God’s image. Every human person is a unique expression of God’s love. Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all of the principles … Read More


Humans Are Social by Nature

Dignity of the Human Person: God is love. Every human is created in God’s image. Every human person is a unique expression of God’s love. Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all of the principles … Read More


The Human Person as Spiritual Being

Dignity of the Human Person: God is love. Every human is created in God’s image. Every human person is a unique expression of God’s love. Human life is sacred and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for society. This belief is the foundation of all of the principles … Read More


Blog Archives

The grand jury

By Mark Etling on November 23rd, 2014

As the days and weeks drag on in anticipation of the decision of the Michael Brown grand jury, I find myself thinking more and more, “I just want this to be over.”  But the more I think about it, I don’t want it to be over.  The killing of Michael Brown has opened a racial wound … Read More


Reflecting on the Justice System

By Christine Dragonette on September 14th, 2014

Recently, two men were released from death row after DNA evidence proved that the crime for which they had been held for 30 years was actually committed by another man. If you haven’t seen it, here’s a New York Times story on the situation. Reading through the facts of the case– that the two men … Read More


Reflections on Ferguson in the NCR

By Mark Etling on August 31st, 2014

The National Catholic Reporter was kind enough to publish some reflections of mine on the situation in Ferguson. To view them, go to www.ncronline.org and type Mark Etling in the search box at the top right of the page. The article I’m referring to is titled “The Voices of God in Ferguson.” See what you … Read More


Stopping to Listen

By Christine Dragonette on August 17th, 2014

As a follow-up to Mark’s insightful post on practical ways we can respond to events in Ferguson, I would like to weigh in on the conversation, and hope that others will join me in commenting below. The events of this past week are important and worthy of as much conversation as possible if we hope … Read More


Peace and justice in Ferguson

By Mark Etling on August 11th, 2014

In the aftermath of all that has taken place in the city of Ferguson over the weekend, I suggest there are some things we as a Catholic Christian community can do: 1. Pray for the young man who lost his life, and for his family in their time of grief. 2. Pray for our police … Read More


Engaging with Compassion

By Christine Dragonette on August 4th, 2014

The other day, I was driving toward a highway intersection with my windows down and ended up stopped directly next to a man panhandling with a sign that said “Hungry, Anything Helps.” Normally, I would meekly smile and continue on my way, but the fact that I was actually right next to this man, making … Read More


Dignity and Worth at the Meals Program

By Christine Dragonette on July 6th, 2014

I want to backtrack a bit and touch on some topics that we’ve already discussed, since I’ve just recently started contributing to this blog. Volunteering with the Meals Program at St. Vincent’s last Sunday compels me to reflect on the topic of life and human dignity. The Meals Program is the most consistent example of … Read More


The beauty – and the challenge – of human dignity

By Mark Etling on January 10th, 2014

The Catholic social teaching on human dignity is both a beautiful blessing – and a tremendous challenge. Blessing – because we believe in the infinite dignity and worth of every human being. Why? Because we are wonderfully made in the image of God. Our ability to love, to forgive, to show compassion, to think, to … Read More