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VIEWPOINT XV

The Church teaches that Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call ... it is participation in the life of God.

VIEWPOINT XIV

The Church teaches that: Anger is a desire for revenge. “To desire vengeance in order to do evil to someone who should be punished is illicit,” but it is praiseworthy to impose restitution to correct vices and maintain justice. The Lord says, “Everyone who is angry with his brother (or sister) shall be liable to judgement.”

VIEWPOINT XIII

The Church teaches that... “society ensures social justice when it provides the conditions that allow associations or individuals to obtain what is their due, according to their nature and their vocation. Social justice is linked to the common good and the exercise of authority.”

VIEWPOINT XII

The Church teaches that... “No one can say ‘Jesus is Lord’ except by the Holy Spirit. God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba!, Father!” This knowledge of the faith is possible only in the Holy Spirit who comes to meet us and kindles faith in us.”

VIEWPOINT XI

The church teaches that… “respect for the human person entails respect for the rights that flow from his (or her) dignity as a creature.  These rights are prior to society and must be recognized by it.  They are the basis for the moral legitimacy of every authority:  by flouting them, or refusing to recognize them in its positive legislation, society undermines its own moral legitimacy.”

VIEWPOINT X

The Church teaches that from the descendants of Eve, God chose the Virgin Mary to be the mother of his Son . . . Mary is truly the “Mother of God” since she was the mother of the eternal Son of God made man, who is God himself.

VIEWPOINT IX

The Church teaches that the principle of “subsidiarity” is opposed to all forms of collectivism. It sets limits for state intervention. It aims at harmonizing the relationships between individuals and societies. It tends toward the establishment of true international order.

VIEWPOINT VIII

The Church teaches that: Endowed with a spiritual soul, with intellect and a free will, the human person is from his very conception ordered to God and destined for eternal beatitude. He pursues his perfection in seeking what is true and good.

VIEWPOINT VII

The Church teaches that ... human life must be protected absolutely from the moment of conception (fertilization). From the first moment of his (or her) existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person – among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.

VIEWPOINT VI

The Church teaches that . . . The revelation of the ineffable name “I Am who Am” contains then the truth that God alone is.  The Greek Septuagint translation of the Hebrew Scriptures, and following the Church’s Tradition, understood the divine name in this sense: God is the fullness of Being and every perfection, without origin and without end.  All creatures receive all that they are and have from him; but he alone is his very being, and he is of himself everything that he is.

VIEWPOINT V

The Church teaches that . . . Works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are the spiritual works of mercy. as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God

VIEWPOINT IV

The Church teaches that . . . “Man tempted by the devil, let his trust in the Creator die in his heart, and abusing his freedom disobeyed God’s command. This is what man’s first sin consisted of. All subsequent sin would be disobedience toward God and lack of trust in his goodness.”

VIEWPOINT III

The Church teaches that “Grace is favor, the free undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call and become his adopted children; partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life...Grace is the participation in the life of God.

VIEWPOINT II

The Church teaches that the unity of body and soul is so profound that one has to consider the soul to be the ‘form’ of the body. It is because of its spiritual soul that the body, made of matter, becomes a living human body. Spirit and matter in man are not two natures united but rather their union forms a single nature - one that it is immortal.

VIEWPOINT I

The Church teaches that every spiritual soul is created immediately by God. It is not “produced” by the parents. The soul is immortal.

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