In today’s world, where the framework for public discourse is too often focused on the rights and freedom of the individual, the Catechism looks at the individual as a member of a family, and at the family in relation to society; it speaks about the duties of children and of parents, of citizens and of civil authorities. It emphasizes the social dimension of human existence, and thus provides an important antidote to an increasingly fragmented (and fundamentally anti-social) view of humanity.
The Catechism makes a significant point when it reminds us that the fourth commandment “introduces”--lays the groundwork for--the “subsequent commandments, which are concerned with particular respect for life [Do not kill], marriage [Do not commit adultery], earthly goods [Do not steal], and speech [Do not bear false witness against your neighbor].” Thus it states that the fourth commandment “constitutes one of the foundations of the social doctrine of the Church” (#2198).
Cardinal William J. Lavada
The Family in The Catechism of the Catholic Church
Valencia, Spain (July 7, 2006)
This Christmas: No excuses!
Meanwhile: The intergenerational theft continues: