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The Principles of the Catholic Social Thought Catholic Social Thought [CST] consists of nine fundamental principles. Church leaders have persistently emphasised CST to endorse a “gospel and tradition inspired vision” of the human population (Hinze, 2016). Overall, these principles provide a Catholic perception of an individual’s relationship to humanity. Dignity of the Human Person According to Caritas Australia (2017) , the dignity of every person is the foundation of the CST. From a Catholic standpoint, everyone in the world is made in the image of God, therefore each person – no matter their race, gender, age or economic status, acquires a basic dignity that comes from God. Human dignity promotes the human rights; rights which are not earned nor lost through circumstance (Australian Catholic Social Justice Council [ACSJC], 2017). It is mandatory to promote and respect the dignity of all, as diminishing one diminishes all of humanity (Boyle, 2013). Common Good The notion of the common good suggests that all aspects of the people’s humanity fundamental to human existence – physiological, psychological, emotional, social and spiritual, are flourishing and fulfilled (ACU, 2017). It distinguishes the flourishing of individuals and communities to be meticulously interconnected as they can only thrive hand in hand. Each individual and institution has the duty to contribute to the common good and alleviate any barriers that exclude any section of the population (ACSJC, 2017). Preferential Option for the Poor This principle specifically identifies the underlying significance of Christian charity to CST. However, the idea behind the preferential option for the poor is more than just about charity. It encourages individuals to perceive a certain issue from a different light; more so on the perspective of the poor and most marginalised members of the community. Essentially, the preferential option for the poor pinpoints poverty as a major hindrance to human flourishing and therefore focuses on creating conditions to improve the quality of life of people who suffer the most (Jacobs-Vandageer, 2013). Subsidiarity The principle of subsidiarity underlines the social gap between decision-makers and those affected by these decisions. Boyle (2013) suggests that articulating verdicts after closely collaborating and consulting with those ultimately affected will result in better decision making processes. Subsidiarity endows and encourages the
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