Thematic Analysis Of Evangelii Gaudium 218 : Anethical Analysis

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4.4 Thematic Analysis of Evangelii Gaudium 218 Evangelii Gaudium 218 falls under chapter four of the document; and it is on social dimension of evangelisation. A thematic moral theological analysis of this number is done under seven themes: Human Right and the Dignity of the Human Person, Love and Solidarity, Private ownership and Distributive Justice, Unjust Power and Social Structures, Distributive Justice and Preferential Treatment, Distribution of Wealth and Sustainable Peace, and the Necessity for the Prophetic Voice.

Human Rights and Dignity of the Human Person One may not comprehensively talks about human rights without an adequate reference to the dignity of the human person. This is so because “the dignity of the human person
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He adds that: “A right is not human right just because its claimant is a human being. A right is a human right when its claimant is entitled to claim it because of no other reason than he/she is a human person; thus, a human right belongs to all human beings whatever their sex, age, or any other status” (3). The implication of the above description of human rights is that every human being in everywhere and at every time possesses them. It means that human beings are to be treated as having an essential value derived from their being created in the image of a personal God.
The Church proclaims the right of all to the common good; and that it is the responsibility of the state to ensure that the basic rights of each citizen are preserved and defended (McKenna 37). The dignity of human person, according to the Catholic Social Teaching (CST), which is also asserted to by Edward Mechmann, “comes primarily from being a child of God; hence, the Catholic perspective imposes a significant obligation on society to focus on the well-being and development of every human person” (3). This radical claim which is contained in Genesis 1:26-27, according to Charles Irudayam, “is the source of the Christian belief that dignity of the human person is inherent and inviolable; and because it comes from God, human dignity is not something that anybody can bestow or take

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