Category Archives: Gaudium et Spes

Gaudium et Spes 81

Gaudium et Spes 81 continues on war, peace, and related issues. First, while the issue of MAD (mutually assured destruction) may be in the past, the principle of nations arming themselves while needs within the borders (and outside) go unmet … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 80

Gaudium et Spes 80 addresses the concerns of the 60’s: The horror and perversity of war is immensely magnified by the addition of scientific weapons. For acts of war involving these weapons can inflict massive and indiscriminate destruction, thus going … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 79

Gaudium et Spes turns to international considerations in this section entitled, “The Avoidance of War” Even though recent wars have wrought physical and moral havoc on our world, the devastation of battle still goes on day by day in some … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 78

If there was a subtitle for this section it would be “Peace: An Enterprise of Justice.” Gaudium et Spes continues: Peace is not merely the absence of war; nor can it be reduced solely to the maintenance of a balance … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 77

Gaudium et Spes 77 finds us at the beginning of Section 2, Chapter V, “The Fostering of Peace and the Promotion of a Community of Nations.” Maybe in academic spheres, people still talk about a “community of nations,” but I … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 76

Gaudium et Spes 76 treats a bit of the Church-State issue, starting with the need for people to know the separation between the two in mission: It is very important, especially where a pluralistic society prevails, that there be a … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 75

Gaudium et Spes continues on the political front. This section is a long one, so bear with it, if you can: It is in full conformity with human nature that there should be juridico-political structures providing all citizens in an … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 74

(People), families and the various groups which make up the civil community are aware that they cannot achieve a truly human life by their own unaided efforts. Gaudium et Spes 74 treats the human reality of politics, which is broadly … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 73

Gaudium et Spes now turns its gaze to politics. Chapter IV of Part II is titled, “The Life Of The Political Community,” and it begins by recognizing the upheaval in political structure of the 50’s and 60’s: In our day, … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 72

Gaudium et Spes encourages a sterling example from J&P (not JPII) believers: Christians who take an active part in present-day socio-economic development and fight for justice and charity should be convinced that they can make a great contribution to the … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 71

This section of Gaudium et Spes addresses property rights, starting on a sensible point: Since property and other forms of private ownership of external goods contribute to the expression of the personality, and since, moreover, they furnish one an occasion … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 70

A quickie Gaudium et Spes look at investments: Investments, for their part, must be directed toward procuring employment and sufficient income for the people both now and in the future. Whoever makes decisions concerning these investments and the planning of … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 69

Our look at Gaudium et Spes continues, heavily fortified by Scripture, the saints, and a few popes: God intended the earth with everything contained in it for the use of all human beings and peoples. Thus, under the leadership of … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 68

Gaudium et Spes continues on an economic theme: In economic enterprises it is persons who are joined together, that is, free and independent human beings created in the image of God. Therefore, with attention to the functions of each-owners or … Continue reading

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Gaudium et Spes 67

Remaining on the economic train, Gaudium et Spes moves to a new section entitled, “Certain Principles Governing Socio-Economic Life as a Whole.” Let’s tune in: Human labor which is expended in the production and exchange of goods or in the … Continue reading

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