Vox Clamantis: Human Dignity and Human Rights – Introduction

These days it is almost universally recognized that human beings have certain rights afforded to them by virtue of the fact that we are humans. I say almost – because although most nations of the world would agree to this claim, there is little agreement about the origin of said rights. Some nations, like the United […]

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Vox Clamantis: Human Dignity – Patristics

In the Patristic period, the Fathers combated a variety of heresies as the understanding of the faith was developing, some of which tried to deny the dignity of the human person or somehow diminish it. Yet the Fathers were adamant in their valuing of the human person, especially inspired by two particular articles of faith: […]

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Vox Clamantis: Human Dignity – Aquinas

In the last few posts we have discussed the doctrine of the imago Dei – a doctrine based upon the book of Genesis.1 Yet what does it mean to be created in the image of God? St. Thomas Aquinas provides a helpful understanding of this in question ninety-three of the first part of his famous work, the […]

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Vox Clamantis: Human Dignity – Magisterium

As we have seen, Catholic Social principles in general, and Human Dignity and Rights in particular, have substantial basis both in divine revelation and in the doctrinal patrimony of the Church. These principles are beautifully elucidated in the magisterial tradition of the Church – but it would be incorrect to say that Catholic Social Teaching began with […]

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