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The Catholic Social ImaginationActivism and the Just Society in Mexico and the United States$
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Joseph M. Palacios

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226645001

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: February 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226645025.001.0001

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The Mission and Struggle of Roman Catholics to Create a Just Society

The Mission and Struggle of Roman Catholics to Create a Just Society

(p.3) 1 The Mission and Struggle of Roman Catholics to Create a Just Society
The Catholic Social Imagination

Joseph M. Palacios

University of Chicago Press

The Catholic Church's observances of the Jubilee Year raise a central question: how do national churches interpret and implement Catholic social justice doctrine? This is a sociological way of addressing a more general question: what is the Catholic social imagination, and how does it get implemented? This book addresses this question with reference to the churches of the United States and Mexico. This chapter discusses the following: the U.S. context of the Jubilee Year and social justice ministry, the Mexican context of the Jubilee Year and the “pastoral social,” and the mission and challenge of Catholic social justice teaching. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   Catholic Church, United States, Mexico, national churches, social justice, social imagination, pastoral social

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