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"'Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church' is an invaluable resource for teachers of Catholic Social Teaching, and for those who direct programs of Christian Service."--Anthony Pogorelc in Momentum

 

"The 'Compendium' is not only a comprehensive new edition gathering Catholic doctrine relating to social work. With recurring references to moral issues raised by advances in medicine, globalization, and other contemporary matters, it carries these principles into today's world and its central social developments."--Midwest Book Review

 

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, a unique, unprecedented document in the history of the Church, serves as a tool to inspire and guide the faithful, who are faced with moral and pastoral challenges daily. It is divided into five sections: an introduction, three parts, and a conclusion entitled "For a Civilization of Love." The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is a must-have resource for leaders of social ministry at the diocesan and parish level as well as those in religious education, schools, and youth and young adult ministry.

 

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'"'Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church' is a one-stop resource for all that the church teaches...It is packed with information that can be used as a tool for building 'a civilization of Hope.'" Crux of the News "Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church was published to serve as a tool to inspire and guide the Catholic community through the moral and pastoral challenges that confront the Church today. The informed and informative text is organized into specific sections dedicated to revealing God's plan of love for humanity; the family as the vital nucleus of society; the relationship between social doctrines and ecclesial actions; and the fundamentals required for developing and maintaining a 'civilization of love'. Enhanced with extensive 'Index of References' and an 'Analytical Index', Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church is an appropriate and strongly recommended addition to personal and clerical reference collections, seminary and academic library reference shelves, and supplemental reading for pastors and active laity within the Catholic communities throughout the country." John Taylor--Reviewer's Bookwatch The "concise but complete overview of the Church's social teaching" runs some 225 pages. The principles of the many facets of Catholic social work are specified "to sustain and foster the activity of Catholics in the social sector, especially the activity of the lay faithful." There's no guidance on the practicalities or pragmatics of realizing the principles; the "Compendium" is not a how-to. Parts of it are almost theological in tone, e. g., "God's Plan and the Mission of the Church." And other parts such as those dealing with the "way of love" or alluding to the "new heaven" and the "new earth" are visionary and inspirational. Half a dozen or more footnotes on every page point to historical or doctrinal bases for the principles; most of which are found in papal encyclicals. The family, peace, human rights, work, and politics are major sections. An "Analytical Index" of 150 pages takes one to any particular topic one is looking for. The format is each of the numerous social principles in italics followed by brief commentary in regular type. The "Compendium" is not only a comprehensive new edition gathering Catholic doctrine relating to social work. With recurring references to moral issues raised by advances in medicine, globalization, and other contemporary matters, it carries these principles into today's world and its central social developments. Henry Berry--The Midwest Review of Books "Simply put, this book belongs in every Catholic library. The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has done a magnificent job of compiling what amounts to a "social catechism," in which all of of the Church's teachings on social matters are clearly laid out, explained, and backed up by references from the Bible, councils, papal documents, congregations and Church writers. There are multiple indexes, so that locating teachings on specific authors is efficient. And what a wealth of teachings! The book takes the reader on a step-by-step journey from God's creation of the world and humanity in God's image, through salvation history and into modern concerns. Having established the foundation of Natural Law, the book lays out Catholic teachings on economic topics, politics at all levels, the family, the sanctity of life, environmental degradation, globalization and such modern concerns as terrorism and cloning. War and abortion draw careful attention. Human rights are delineated, starting with the right to life and to work, but rights are also, in a way not often seen these days, consistently entwined with duties. The book aims to provide "the principles for reflection, the criteria for judgment and the directives for action," and does so unambiguously. While this compendium is intended especially for bishops, it will be invaluable to all church leaders and anyone interested in the topic. Most highly recommended to all academic, school and parish libraries." Daniel Boice--Catholic Library World

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By: Philip Fischer,   Review for Religious - July 1, 2005
"The book's 250 pages of carefully selected quotations from ancient and modern documents are wonderfully indexed by sources (25 pp.) and by vigorous topics and inviting subtopics (165 pp.). For achieving peace, there are so many connections, either in place or waiting to be made."
By: John L. Allen Jr.,   Columbia: Online Edition - June 1, 2005
"The new Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, released in March in the United States, makes it unmistakably clear that the Church proposes something much more profound -- a vision of the human person and society rooted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ...the Compendium, the first document of its kind...Its 12 chapters seek to cover the breadth of human experience through time: God's plan of love for humanity; the Church's mission and social doctrine; the human person and human rights; principles of the Church's social doctrine; the family, the vital cell of society; human work; economic life; the political community; the international community; safguarding the environment; the promotion of peace and social doctrine and ecclesial action."
By: Henry Berry,   Reviewer's Bookwatch - May 1, 2005
"The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church - Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace is a 'concise but complete overview of the Church's social teaching' which runs some 225 pages. The principles of the many factes of Catholic social work are specified 'to sustain and foster the activity of Catholics in the social sector, especially the activity of the lay faithful.' There's no guidance on the practicalities or pragmatics of realizing the principles; the 'Compendium' is not a how-to. Parts of it are almost theological in tone, e.g., 'God's Plan and the Mission of the Church.' And other parts such as those dealing with the 'way of love' or alluding to the 'new Heaven' and the 'new earth' are visionary and inspirational. Half a dozen or more footnotes on every page point to historical or doctrinal bases for the principles; most of which are found in papal encyclicals. The family, peace, human rights, work, and politics are major sections. An 'Analytical Index' of 150 pages takes one to any particular topic one is looking for. The format is each of the numerous social principles in italics followed by brief commentary in regular type. The 'Compendium' is not only a comprehensive new edition gathering Catholic doctrine relating to social work. With recurring references to moral issues raised by advances in medicine, globalization, and other contemporary matters, it carries these principles into today's world and its central social development."
By: Daniel Boice,   Catholic Library World - September 1, 2005
Boice provides a very enthusiastic review of the text, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, providing a very brief overview of its contents and its merit as a reference guide. He refers to it as "belonging in every Catholic library," as "invaluable to al all church leaders and anyone interested in the topic," and to the Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace as having done "a magnificent job of compiling what amounts to a 'social catechism'."
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