What are the purposes of social doctrine?
Social doctrine has two purposes: 1. To set forth the requirements of just social action as they appear in the Gospel. 2. In the name of justice to denounce social, economic, or political actions and structures whenever they contradict the Gospel message. The Christian faith has a clear concept of the dignity of man, and from this concept it derives certain principles, norms, and value judgments that make a free and just social order possible. As clear as the principles of social doctrine are, they still must be applied again and again to current social questions. In applying her social doctrine, the Church becomes the advocate of all people who for very different reasons cannot raise their voices and not infrequently are the ones most affected by unjust actions and structures.
Compendium 81, 82
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