Fratelli Tutti 164: Protecting The Hearth

Actual human beings bring the need for justice into clarity. Charity is certainly more hands-on than justice in terms of person-to-person interaction. But such relationships do need the substrate of protection in law and policy.

164. Charity, on the other hand, unites both dimensions – the abstract and the institutional – since it calls for an effective process of historical change that embraces everything: institutions, law, technology, experience, professional expertise, scientific analysis, administrative procedures, and so forth. For that matter, “private life cannot exist unless it is protected by public order. A domestic hearth has no real warmth unless it is safeguarded by law, by a state of tranquility founded on law, and enjoys a minimum of wellbeing ensured by the division of labor, commercial exchange, social justice and political citizenship”. [Paul Ricoeur,Histoire et Verité, ed. Le Seuil Paris, 1967, 122]

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