420 • Part III. Christian Morality: The Faith Lived
PRACTICE THE CHURCH’S SOCIAL TEACHINGS
Man is himself the author, center, and goal of all eco-
nomic and social life. The decisive point of the social
question is that goods created by God for everyone
should in fact reach everyone in accordance with justice
and with the help of charity.
—CCC, no. 2459
For over a century, the Church, especially through the teaching of the
popes, has given special attention to the development of her social doc-
trine. The Church’s social doctrine is related to the understanding of
what it means to be a human being, to the origin of human dignity, to the
problem of the Fall, and to the promise of Redemption. We are seriously
weakened by Original Sin and actual sin but are redeemed by Christ’s
saving death and Resurrection with its gift of divine life, a source of
moral strength (cf. CCC, nos. 355-431).
The Church’s social doctrine also relates to an understanding of par-
ticipation in social life, the role of authority, the importance of the com-
mon good, natural law, social justice, and human solidarity (cf. CCC,
nos. 1897-1948). Finally, there is the Seventh Commandment, which
A basic duty every human person owes to God is regular worship.
Because of this, and because of the basic longing each person has
for God, a fundamental human right is the right to worship freely.
No one should be prohibited from a free exercise of their faith,
either in public or in private, and no one should ever be forced to
worship in a manner that violates their beliefs and convictions.
Because freedom of religion and worship is such an important
and fundamental right, governments need to enact and enforce
laws that respect and protect this right (cf. CCC, nos. 2105-2109).
THE RIGHT TO RELIGIOUS FREEDOM