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The Bible Study Evangelista - 04 Responsibilities & Rights

July 20, 2020


Category: Social Justice Tag: Bible reading, faith, faith and works, social justice


“In human society one man’s natural right gives rise to a corresponding duty in other men; the duty, that is, of recognizing and respecting that right. Every basic human right draws its authoritative force from the natural law, which confers it and attaches to it its respective duty. Hence, to claim one’s rights and ignore one’s duties, or only half fulfill them, is like building a house with one hand and tearing it down with the other.” —St. John XXIII, Peace on Earth (Pacem in Terris), no. 30


Topics Discussed:

Catholic social justice principle #3, rights and responsibilities 

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus

US foreign aid



Minutes 00:12:00 – Responsibilities and rights are inseparable, the contemporary imbalance   

Minutes 12:01-24:00 – The Bill of Rights, healthcare, single-parent families, smoking, abortion

Minutes 24:01-36:00 – Rights begin with responsibility, Lazarus and the rich man

Minutes 36:01-48:00 – Freedom is for responsibility, the responsibility of the wealthy toward the poor


Additional Resources:

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Book, Amazon: Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the ChurchPontifical Council for Justice and Peace and USCCB

Pacem in Terris, Peace on Earth, Pope John XXIII

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