Aparecida 387: Human Dignity

Sections 387 through 390 address the second topic of the eighth chapter of the Aparecida document. It’s barely enough to scratch the concept of human dignity. I suppose the details are left to daily life. And there is so much in daily life contrary to human dignity:

387. Contemporary culture tends to propose ways of being and living contrary to the nature and dignity of the human being.

Some religious commentators suggest there is too much human-centeredness in the world. But I disagree. I would embrace the notion described here, that the selfish pursuit of power, wealth, and pleasure are far more of a danger to us than self-esteem, even misplaced esteem:

The dominant impact of the idols of power, wealth, and fleeting pleasure have become—above the value of the person—the highest standard for operating and the decisive criterion in social organization.

So, the Aparecida bishops state something both Christian and humanist:

Confronted by this reality, we again proclaim the supreme value of every man and every woman. In placing everything created at the service of the human person, the Creator manifests the dignity of the human person and calls for it to be respected (Cf. Gen 1:26-30).


We will return to these principles of dignity and respect quite often in the remainder of this document.

For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.

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