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Life in Christ

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1916

As with any ethical obligation, the participation of all in

realizing the common good calls for a continually renewed

conver-

sion

of the social partners. Fraud and other subterfuges, by which

some people evade the constraints of the law and the prescriptions

of societal obligation, must be firmly condemned because they are

incompatible with the requirements of justice. Much care should

be taken to promote institutions that improve the conditions of

human life.

33

1917

It is incumbent on those who exercise authority to

strengthen the values that inspire the confidence of the members

of the group and encourage them to put themselves at the service of

others. Participation begins with education and culture. “One is en­

titled to think that the future of humanity is in the hands of those

who are capable of providing the generations to come with reasons

for life and optimism.”

34

IN BRIEF

1918

“There is no authority except from God, and those

authorities that exist have been instituted by God”

(

Rom

13:1).

1919

Every human community needs an authority in order

to endure and develop.

1920

“The political community and public authority are

based on human nature and therefore . . . belong to

an order established by God” (

GS

74 § 3).

1921

Authority is exercised legitimately if it is committed

to the common good of society. To attain this it must

employ morally acceptable means.

1922

The diversity of political regimes is legitimate, pro­

vided they contribute to the good of the community.

1923

Political authority must be exercised within the limits

of the moral order and must guarantee the conditions

for the exercise of freedom.

1924

The common good comprises “the sum total of social

conditions which allow people, either as groups or as

33 Cf.

GS

30 § 1.

34

GS

31 § 3.

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