- Title Pages
- Church and Society
- 1 University Theology as a Service to the Church
- 2 Teaching Authority in the Church
- 3 Catholicism and American Culture
- 4 Faith and Experience
- 5 Newman, Conversion, and Ecumenism
- 6 The Uses of Scripture in Theology
- 7 John Paul II and the New Evangelization
- 8 Historical Method and the Reality of Christ
- 9 Religion and the Transformation of Politics
- 10 The Church as Communion
- 11 The Prophetic Humanism of John Paul II
- 12 The Challenge of the Catechism
- 13 Crucified for Our Sake
- 14 John Paul II and the Advent of the New Millennium
- 15 Priesthood and Gender
- 16 The Travails of Dialogue
- 17 The Ignatian Tradition and Contemporary Theology
- 18 Mary at the Dawn of the New Millennium
- 19 Should the Church Repent?
- 20 Human Rights
- 21 Can Philosophy Be Christian?
- 22 Justification Today
- 23 The Papacy for a Global Church
- 24 The Death Penalty
- 25 Religious Freedom: A Developing Doctrine
- 26 Christ Among the Religions
- 27 When to Forgive
- 28 The Population of Hell
- 29 True and False Reform in the Church
- 30 John Paul II and the Mystery of the Human Person
- 31 The Rebirth of Apologetics
- 32 A Eucharistic Church
- 33 How Real Is the Real Presence?
- 34 Benedict XVI
- 35 The Mission of the Laity
- 36 The Ignatian Charism at the Dawn of the Twenty-First Century
- 37 Evolution, Atheism, and Religious Belief
- 38 Who Can Be Saved?
- Mcginley Lectures Previously Published
The United Nations and Papal Teaching
November 18, 1998
- (p.276) 20 Human Rights
- Church and Society
Avery Cardinal Dulles
- Fordham University Press
This chapter discusses human rights, looking into the Universal Declaration and papal teaching. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted with unanimous approval by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The cornerstone of the Declaration was article 3, proclaiming the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. Of all the popes in history, none has given so much emphasis to human rights as John Paul II. While continuing to affirm their basis in natural law as known to reason, he proclaimed that Christ and the gospel constitute the true and adequate foundation of human rights. All peoples, he said, are called to open themselves to the Christian message, in which alone the meaning of human existence becomes clear.
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