What is the belief held by Catholic Christians regarding innate human dignity?

Hi I was just wondering where I could find a quote for the belief held by Catholic Christians regarding innate human dignity, like from the catechism or something? Or at least where I could look to find one?

Thank-you so much! x

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  • 8 years ago
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    Here's a good one from the encyclical "Gaudium et Spes":

    "Whatever insults human dignity, such as subhuman living conditions, arbitrary imprisonment, deportation, slavery, prostitution, the selling of women and children; as well as disgraceful working conditions, where men are treated as mere tools for profit, rather than as free and responsible persons; all these things and others of their like are infamies indeed. They poison human society, but they do more harm to those who practice them than those who suffer from the injury."

    From "Pacem in Terris":

    "Any human society, if it is to be well-ordered and productive, must lay down as a foundation this principle, namely, that every human being is a person, that is, his nature is endowed with intelligence and free will. Indeed, precisely because he is a person he has rights and obligations flowing directly and simultaneously from his very nature."

    From "The Challenge of Peace":

    "At the center of all Catholic social teaching are the transcendence of God and the dignity of the human person. The human person is the clearest reflection of God's presence in the world; all of the Church's work in pursuit of both justice and peace is designed to protect and promote the dignity of every person. For each person not only reflects God, but is the expression of God's creative work and the meaning of Christ's redemptive ministry."

    The Catholic Catechism says:

    "357 Being in the image of God the human individual possesses the dignity of a person, who is not just something, but someone. He is capable of self-knowledge, of self-possession and of freely giving himself and entering into communion with other persons. And he is called by grace to a covenant with his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give in his stead."

    Source(s): Catholic of the Latin Rite
  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Pope Paul VI wrote an entire encyclical on this. There is much on this subject in the Catechism as well. Try Chapter 1. It is titled "The Dignity of the Human Person". (See sources below)

  • 8 years ago

    well reading the Bible all the humans are equal

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