Catholic Social Teaching

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Social doctrine of the church as a social instrument of the new evangelization

Three terms are present in the title of this issue: two explicit (social doctrine of the church and new evangelization) and an implicit (evangelization). We can’t talk about the new evangelization without connecting it with the evangelization itself; the relationship between the church’s social doctrine and the new evangelization comes through the evangelization.
The first thing it’s the evangelization, the most original, and that goes back to the origins of the church.
The church’s social doctrine, born in the 19th century as an attempt to answer of faith to the great problems which occurred with modernity, as new ideologies that give the body and the
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The necessity of evangelization continues but it losses all of it personal character to become massive. Also, the conversion was result of imposition and no for conviction.
This massive evangelization supposed the incorporation of many people to the Christian faith. Reaching the point that the christianism was all over the occidental culture. The power of the empire strengthened the authority of the church. The heresy was pursuit by the civil courts. The laws were inspired by the Christian principles.
The evangelization of America
America’s evangelization was made from Spain and Portugal. It takes place at the same time that the conquest of territories and was supported by the political power.
Since the first moments the pope intervened, especially when Spain and Portugal had conflicts and he conceded to the Spain Kings the discovered territories to practice there their Christian mission. Initially they use the requirement system, in which they invited the Indian to take the Christian faith or to lose their freedom and territories. After this they use the “parcel” system in which the Indians were submitted to the conquerors and they assumed the responsibility of their education.
America’s evangelization wouldn’t be possible without the missioners that take care of the indoctrination of the Indians. And that’s the way that the Christians imposed another type of evangelization: the exterior missions. This enormous effort extended to territories like Asia
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