Strand: Christian Ethics – Personal and Social (CELPCE1)
Recognising the dignity of the human person, Christians are called to create and support institutions and networks that enhance opportunities for human flourishing.
In light of Catholic social teaching, identify and critique the impact of Catholic organisations/institutions for the flourishing of human beings in their care and in society.
By their nature, human beings are inclined to seek a deeper sense of happiness than mere hedonistic notions of pleasure and the absence of pain.
Human flourishing can be understood as living in accord with what is intrinsically worthwhile to human beings—purpose, meaningful relationships, good health, and contribution to the community. Within the Christian tradition, humans flourish when conditions allow people to live in right relationships and contribute to the common good.
Catholic social teaching (CST) offers a way of thinking, being and seeing the world. It provides a vision for a just society in which the dignity of all people is recognised, and those who are vulnerable are cared for. CST is arranged around certain themes or ‘Principles’. These Principles offers a way for human beings to live a dignified life enabling them to live in right relationships and contribute to the greater good. A clear explanation of the Principles of Catholic social teaching can be found on:
a) Caritas website. Caritas
b) Australian Catholic Social Justice Council Catholic Social Justice Teaching