The Dignity of the Human Person:
We hear in our world today and in our own country what may be described as extreme political views.
The political party one supports is the sole concern of the individual but the Church gives us support through her teaching to make an informed decision in keeping with our faith in God.
In the Catechism of the Catholic Church under the heading Equality and Differences Among Men at section 1934/1935 we read: “Created in the image of the one God and equally endowed with rational souls, all men have the same nature and the same origin. Redeemed by the sacrifice of Christ, all are called to participate in the same divine beatitude: all therefore enjoy an equal dignity. The equality of men rests essentially on their dignity as persons and the rights that flow from it.”
This teaching of the Church is stressed by St. John Paul II in his encyclical letter of December 1987 when he writes: “Every form of social or cultural discrimination in fundamental personal rights on the grounds of sex, race, colour, social condition, language or religion, must be curbed and eradicated.”