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The blog of the Dominican student brothers at Blackfriars, Oxford.

Built on the four pillars of our Dominican life – preaching, prayer, study, and community – Godzdogz offers many resources for exploring the Catholic Faith today.
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Catholic Social Teaching: International Issues

Friday, June 06, 2014
On international issues, Catholic Social Teaching is fundamentally concerned with solidarity for the common good. It acknowledges the interdependence between countries and presses for greater co-operation to establish fairer economic and political structures and to defend basic human rights. In these respects, the Church shows herself to be a 'moral Great Power', not just through her teaching, her diplomacy and the visible role of the Papacy (important though these are), but also in the reality on the ground, with her humanitarian outreach in hospitals, schools, missionary outposts, and even perhaps your local parish. Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Marriage and the Family

Saturday, May 31, 2014
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Betrothal of St. Joseph and Our Lady

Catholic Social Teaching: Right to Life

Monday, May 19, 2014
Christians are not the only ones who can claim ownership over the values that form the basis of the right to life. After all, it is enshrined in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (Art 3), “everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person”. Such a declaration was written after the atrocities of the Second World War, where it was revealed Nazi Germany ran death camps for the routine and industrialised murder of millions who were opposed to the Nazi ideology, or happened to be Jewish or Roma gypsy. This is not to mention the millions who were killed for ideological reasons in Soviet nations in the 20th century, who were either worked to death, murdered, or ‘disappeared’. There was a clear need to enshrine human rights into law. Through human history it is pretty obvious that we have an original sin as human beings. We always seem to have a tendency to descend into a state of barbarism. Destroying everything that has been built up often seems to be an easy option for humanity. Events in the 20th century show us the atrocities that we are capable of, the denial of a fundamental right to life. Evil seems to spread where there is a lack of the good, no hope for the future, and where extreme poverty and food insecurity prevail. 
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Catholic Social Teaching: Stewardship of Creation and the Enviroment

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Catholic Social Teaching: Education

Friday, May 09, 2014

Catholic Social Teaching: Health

Tuesday, May 06, 2014
“Sharing in the joys and hopes, sorrows and anxieties of the people of every age, the Church has constantly accompanied and sustained humanity in its struggle against pain and its commitment to improve health. At the same time, she has striven to reveal to mankind the meaning of suffering and the riches of the Redemption brought by Christ the Saviour.” (WDS 2000). Whilst in many countries the vast majority of healthcare is now provided by ‘secular’ institutions, the structures and pattern of Western medical and nursing care nonetheless remain imprinted by this legacy of centuries of Christian healthcare ministry. Read more

Catholic Social Teaching: Economic Justice and the Dignity of the Worker

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New series: Catholic Social Teaching

Saturday, April 26, 2014
As Christians, we are hopeful of the establishment of God's kingdom and that his will is done on earth, as it is in heaven. The Church has a rich compendium of social teaching that has been developed over centuries. This teaching examines the moral dimension of human relationships and interactions in society. Catholic Social Teaching does not present a blueprint of policies for running society, but it does provide the principles to ensure that society can be organised and run in conformity with the dignity of the human person. Our social teaching is therefore not in conflict with political authority nor does it attempt to restrict the legitimate freedom of people to act in society. Instead it gives insights on how society can better respect the wellbeing of all people through proper cooperation and respect for the common good of all. Read more
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