Strand: Christian Ethics – Personal and Social (CELPCE2)

Post Compulsory

Life within in a global community means for Christians a call to respect and act for justice for all creation in co-operation with other religious and non-religious organisations.

Explore and articulate the ways in which the Church and its teachings support Christians to act with justice within the local and global community.


Social Justice incorporates basic respect for human beings coupled with concern for and action on behalf of human rights. Pope John XXIII declared in 1961 that human beings are the cause, foundation, and reason why all social institutions exist. The Catholic tradition therefore affirms and defends the ultimate dignity and rights of every human person. The word ‘justice’ stems from the Latin justitia - whatever is ‘rightful’ or ‘lawful.’ The Catholic tradition maintains that true Christian social justice is an active effort to reform and re-shape human societies, governments, institutions and structures that deny the basic rights of human beings. In effect, it means the total ongoing Christian mission to proclaim and live the gospel command to love God, neighbour and all of God’s great creation.

Some religious worldviews include those of Catholicism, Anglicanism, Lutheranism, Judaism, Islam, Indigenous spiritualities, Taoism and Buddhism. Some non-religious worldviews include Atheism, Wicca, New Age, Environmental Philosophy and Humanism.

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