The purpose of this essay is to outline the Catholic Political Platform. This will be demonstrated through Catholic Social Teaching. Unfortunately, many Catholics are unaware of catholic social teaching. This is proclaimed by the United States Catholic Bishops in 1998 when the bishops said, “Our heritage is unknown by many Catholics. Sadly our social doctrine is not shared or taught in a consistent and comprehensive way in too many of our schools, seminaries, religious education programs, colleges, and universities.” This point is made even more clear in the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church in 2004 when it states, “above all, it is indispensable that they have a more exact knowledge of the Church’s social doctrine. This doctrinal patrimony is neither taught nor known sufficiently, which is part of the reason for its failure to be suitably reflected in concrete behavior.”
There are two different ways that something can be self-evident. The first type of self-evidence is that which you cannot deny its existence. An example of this is that it is self-evident that you are reading this paper right now. The second type of self-evidence is that it is evident to itself but not to those around it. Knowledge of God’s existence is not self-evident in the first sense. God’s existence is, however, self-evident to Himself but not completely to us. Thomas Aquinas says that we understand God’s existence naturally in a weak and confused way, and that we can only properly understand if it is proved through reason and demonstration.
Creation According to the Bible
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep.” Genesis 1:1-2
In the beginning of the Bible, we see that the problem with the earth was that it was formless and void. Formless meant that it lacked form and void meant that it lacked matter. The purpose of the biblical account of creation is to clarify that God created matter and form.
The purpose of this essay is to outline the charter of Christian living. In order to outline a charter of Christian living, it is necessary to employ both moral philosophy and moral theology. The difference between moral philosophy and moral theology is that moral philosophy “limits itself to the confines of human reason” while moral theology focuses on the “supernatural side of human destiny.” It is necessary to say that not only are moral philosophy and moral theology compatible but they are complimentary. The foundation of this charter shall be the Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount.
Devotion is sometimes misunderstood, and in attempt to live a devout life people often “clothe themselves with certain outward actions connected with holy devotion… [but] they are in fact nothing but copies and phantoms of devotion.” Devotion simply put is “true love of God.” A prerequisite to living a devout life is charity. Charity is defined as “that habit or power which disposes us to love God above all creatures for Himself, and to love ourselves and our neighbors for the sake of God.” In an analogy, if charity is the “spiritual fire… [then] when it burst into flames, it is called devotion.” It is impossible to have a burst of flames without first having a fire.