Pacem In Terris 73-74: Participation in Public Life

How do people take part in civics? It could happen in different ways, depending on the nature of politics and governance in any nation, but it is largely a good thing:

73. A natural consequence of (human) dignity is unquestionably (the) right to take an active part in government, though their degree of participation will necessarily depend on the stage of development reached by the political community of which they are members.

74. For the rest, this right to take part in government opens out to (people) a new and extensive field of opportunity for service. A situation is created in which civic authorities can, from the greater frequency of their contacts and discussions with the citizens, gain a clearer idea of what policies are in fact effectual for the common good; and in a system which allows for a regular succession of public officials, the authority of these officials, far from growing old and feeble, takes on a new vitality in keeping with the progressive development of human society. (Cf. Pius XII’s broadcast message, Christmas 1942, AAS 35 (1943) 12)

Civic involvement is a service, first of all. It is a collaboration, certainly. It is also a means for the vitality of human culture. Anybody seeing anything else here? Comments always welcome.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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