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Storm Warning: Chapter 11

January 22, 2013

For the Sake of the World

Unleashing ethical action

Although they acknowledge that mere activism is not enough, the authors want to see their version of “the spiritual heart of the Gospel” established in the Church primarily as a sparkplug for social and political reform, “firing our hearts so that we can reach out to everyone” to address today’s human needs.  They demand action and response as proof of authentic “vision,” but recognize that “with believing people it’s the religious imagination, nourished by the symbols and stories of the Christian tradition, that unleashes ethical action.”

While the authors would certainly encourage action and response to the Gospel in one’s personal relationships, what is foremost in their minds is national and international social and political action.  Among the important issues the world faces, they include the allegedly critical population problem,7 poverty, hunger (Chapter 6) and war – particularly nuclear war (Chapter 7). [Read on]

From → Vatican II

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