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By Michael P. Hornsby-Smith

Michael Hornsby-Smith deals an outline of Catholic social proposal relatively in fresh many years. whereas drawing on authentic educating equivalent to papal encyclicals and the pastoral letters of bishops' meetings, he's taking heavily the necessity for discussion with secular concept. The publication is geared up in 4 levels. half I outlines the range of household and overseas injustices and seeks to provide a social research of the factors of those injustices. half II deals a theological mirrored image at the features of the dominion of God which Christians are steered to hunt. half III reports Catholic social inspiration in six major parts: human rights, the relations and bioethical concerns, financial lifestyles, social exclusion, real improvement, and struggle and peace. half IV completes the cycle with a attention of applicable social motion responses to the injustices which the writer has pointed out and analysed.

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These have been clustered under six main headings, each of which will be addressed in more detail in Part III of this book. It is argued that it is important to context such deliberations historically, economically, socially and culturally. In the contemporary world, the hegemonic forces of neo-liberal capitalism in an increasingly global context have been boosted not only by the collapse of Soviet Communism but also by significant technological advances in recent years. Both economic developments and bitter resistance to them in recent terrorist attacks, have drawn attention to the fact of our interconnectedness in the modern world.

Climate changes threaten Introduction 15 millions of people in low-lying areas of the world as the tsunami and Hurricane Katrina illustrated only too clearly. 8 What the above examples indicate is that there are social structures of injustice which have social consequences, quite apart from the personal faults of individuals. Unjust structures are frequently erected by powerful individuals or groups to further their own interests. Once in place they are maintained by the same or similar interests.

The second key event was the sudden collapse of the Communist regimes in the Soviet Union and Central and Eastern Europe in 1989 and the resulting triumph of liberal capitalism led by the USA. The 20 Capitalism in a global context 21 third key event was the terrorist attacks in the USA on 11 September 2001 which resulted initially in a sympathetic international coalition against the al-Qaeda terrorist organization in Afghanistan but then, very rapidly to the development of an aggressively unilateralist stance by the USA in its relations with the rest of the world.

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