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Catholic Social Teaching

Catholic Theological Society of America
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144 CTSA Proceedings 54 / 1999 history as a surprising and new event. This originality is what allows the Christian claim constantly to be renewed in the midst of everyday life. The category of history is thus intrinsically related to the historical person of Jesus of Nazareth, a mystery coinciding with a concrete sign received by people who belong to history. The radical concreteness of the encounter also precludes a separation of culture and politics. From the early drama Our God's Brother to the encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Karol Wojtyla/Pope John Paul II has advocated the concreteness and particularity of the Christian vision of reality. Christianity never turns its face ltom abysmal social injustices, yet it eschews the ideological subsumption of the Christian fact under the generic categories of social reason. The metanoia described in chapter 3 of EIA, Albacete concluded, implies a new style of life and a new way of reasoning about reality itself. PETER J. CASARELLA The Catholic University of America Washington, D.C. CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING Topic: Social Sin: A Contested Concept in Catholic Social Teaching Convener: William P. George, Dominican University Moderator: Thomas J. Poundstone, Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga Presenters: Rosemarie E. Gorman, Fairfield University Margaret R. Pfeil, University of Notre Dame "Social sin" has been a key element in the development of recent Catholic social teaching. This session examined both the problematic aspects of this concept and its promise for advancing theological reflection and pastoral practice. Rosemarie E. Gorman discussed Juan Luis Segundo's contribution to the topic. She argued that Segundo's attempt to ground social and structural sin in Paul's notion of the "power of sin . . . is a promising step that deserves further consideration." Through a critical retrieval of Karl Rahner's analysis of concupiscence, Teilhard de Chardin's understandings of entropy and negentropy, and Nicolai

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