The common good implies that societies should be organized and governed in ways that enable all people to flourish. In turn, all people have a responsibility to help others thrive for the betterment of their society as a whole.
Currently, changing ethical and theological notions of the “common good” versus one’s individual rights, highlights the importance of examining contemporary notions of the common good in Catholicism. This idea of a “common good” is relevant to Christian morality and is rooted in both Scripture and ancient Greek thought. This session explores the development of this contemporary notion of the common good, ways the term is used in discussions with other perspectives and reviews the use of the phrase in the debates over mandating vaccines.
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Presented by Dr. Bernard Brady, Professor of Theology at St. Thomas University