Common Good- the sum total of all social conditions which allow people, either as groups or individuals, reach their fulfillment more fully and easily.
Social Sin- the effect that every personal sin has on other; the collectivity of such sins which create “ structures of sins.”
Social Teaching- the subset of moral theology which is articulated when the Church interprets events in the course of history with the help of the Holy Spirit & Revelation.
Natural Law- moral knowledge that is written in every human heart and is “co-natural” with human nature.
Solidarity- Virtue of social charity, friendship, and responsibility whereby interdependence among all people is recognized.
Stewardship- The proper use of God’s gift; the care for recreation that will allow natural resources to flourish.
Subsidiarity-The moral principle that a group of a larger size should not interfere with responsibilities that can be administered by individuals or smaller groups.
Personalistic Norm- A person is to be treated as a unique individual and never as a means to another’s end.
Euthanasia- Any act or omission which, of itself or by intention, causes death in order to eliminate suffering.
Human Rights- The specific things due or “owed” to a creature created in the Imago Dei.
Jubilee Year- Every 50th year as a time of liberation from servitude and debt in the Law of Israel.
Works of Mercy- Outlined by Jesus in Matt. 25, these charitable actions provide for the physical and spiritual needs of others.
Universal Destinations of Goods- All the goods of the earth should be distributed so as to ensure the freedom and dignity of all persons.
Right to Property- In theology, the right to exercise stewardship of a particular part of a creation.
The threefold benefits of work- work benefits the human person as-such/ work allows you to provide for others/ work benefits the whole human family & creation
Economy- Greek “home budget;” the measures of how well the family can thrive according to equal access to resources
Discernment- to distinguish between actions that are bad, good, better, and best
Migrant- one who leaves their native land in order to find a dignified life in a new land
Peace- the order of tranquility that results from justice & love
Non violence- theory or practice of using peaceful means & refraining from the use of force to bring about social change
Prejudice- a preconceived opinion formulated without consideration of known factors usually on erroneous knowledge
Creation- both the natural AND supernatural universe as related to God as the source of its very being & continual existence
Laudato sí- encyclical written by pope Francis to address stewardship for creation as humanity’s “common home”
Materialistic consumerism- a particular tendency to not only base the content of life on the goods & services exchanged, but also to see the as an end in themselves
Dignified simplicity- phrase of Vatican II which indicated the way a Christian is called to live & worship