The Common Good

(John XXIII, Mater et Magistra, 417)
SPEAKER: Fr. Terrence J. Moran
Sunday, March 26, 2017

The “common good” has a long history in Catholic theological reflection. Defined by the Second Vatican Council as embracing “ the sum total of all those conditions of social life which enable individuals, families, and organizations to achieve complete and effective fulfillment” (Gaudium et Spes,74), the common good is always named as an essential principle of the Catholic social justice tradition. This presentation examined the origins and development of the concept of the common good in Catholic Social Teaching and investigated the forces in our polarized and consumerist culture that often blind us to the call of the common good.

Fr. Terrence J. Moran studied moral theology at the Accademia Alfonsiana in Rome and the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium. He has given presentations on theology and spirituality through the United States and in 35 other countries. He is currently the Director of the Office of Peace, Justice and Ecological Integrity of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, NJ.

Click here for the Introduction of the program by Leo Rogers, VOTFNJ
Click here for Fr. Terrence Moran’s PowerPoint presentation in PDF format.