This week in Origins

Here’s the rundown for the latest edition of Origins: CNS Documentary Service dated Nov. 29:

  • The U.S. bishops’ quadrennial statement on politics and elections, “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility from the Catholic Bishops of the United States,” rejects politics based on “powerful interests, partisan attacks, sound bites and media hype” and calls for “a different kind of political engagement” shaped by the “moral convictions of well-formed consciences and focused on the dignity of every human being, the pursuit of the common good and the protection of the weak and vulnerable.” (Subscribers: Click here)
  • The notion of the “common good” underlying much of Catholic thinking about politics, governance and policy can be a challenge for contemporary Americans used to thinking in terms of rights and interests, says political scientist Stephen Schneck. (Subscribers: Click here)

Yes, you can get the bishops’ political responsibility statement free of charge from the U.S. bishops’ conference. So why do we put it in Origins? Because Origins is more than just a place to read the latest church texts: It’s also an ongoing compendium and research tool, especially when you can subscribe to it online.

Besides, it’s still easier to read church documents in a print format like Origins, not to mention that as an Origins subscriber you don’t have to search all over the Internet for a past text when the editors of Origins already have done the research for you.

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