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Templeton-World-Charity-Foundation-logoThis website is one of the fruits of the TWCF-sponsored project on freedom, globalisation, enterprise and civil society in 21st century Catholic social teaching. It is part of a range of initiatives that integrates the mission of St. Mary’s University with societal concerns. St. Mary’s research centres such as The Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery, the Centre for Research into the Education of Marginalised Children and Young Adults, the Centre for Bio-Ethics and Emerging Technologies and the Benedict XVI Centre as well as our Art of Dying Well project are other aspects of our work to promote a wider public understanding of cutting-edge research. In addition, our collaboration with the Oxford-based Centre for Enterprise, Markets and Ethics helps bridge the gap between academia and the general public.

Catholic social thought has developed in universities down the ages with the work of St. Thomas Aquinas and the School of Salamanca being especially notable and influential. In the nineteenth century, scholarly activity in this area continued to blossom and the first formal social teaching documents of the Catholic Church were published. These social encyclicals are now supplemented by resources such as The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church and the youth version, Docat. Read More >>

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Covid and human dignity

human Dignity

This post by Edward Hadas is part of a longer article on covid, lockdowns and Catholic social teaching published by Together for the Common Good

Much has been written about the medical aspects of Covid-19. Some attention has been paid to the effectiveness of the lockdowns ordered to combat the disease. Much less interest has been shown in evaluating the gamut of their non-medical effects. “Lockdown” refers to any collection of severe and fairly long-lasting governmental restrictions on the normal activities of human beings. This article is a critical study of what these lockdowns have done from the perspective of the first principle of Catholic social teaching – the promotion of human dignity.

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