Friday, February 15, 2008

Examples of "Hierarchy of Values" and Political Exercise

Authentic human society requires respect for justice, a just hierarchy [read order] of values, and the subordination of material and instinctual dimensions to interior and spiritual ones. In particular, where sin has perverted the social climate, it is necessary to call for the conversion of hearts and for the grace of God to obtain social changes that may really serve each person and the whole person. Charity, which requires and makes possible the practice of justice, is the greatest social commandment.
Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, former-chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee, recently gave examples illustrating a "just hierarchy of values" and the exercise of one's right to vote in his address to the Cathedral Club of Brooklyn (New York). The Catholic News Service listed some of his examples in its 13 February 2008 article.

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