the right to private property, to free enterprise, to obtain work and
housing, and the right to emigrate;
in keeping with the country’s institutions, the right to medical care,
assistance for the aged, and family benefits;
the protection of security and health, especially with respect to dangers
like drugs, pornography, alcoholism, etc.;
the freedom to form associations with other families and so to have
representation before civil authority.
The fourth commandment
illuminates other relationships in
In our brothers and sisters we see the children of our
parents; in our cousins, the descendants of our ancestors; in our
fellow citizens, the children of our country; in the baptized, the
children of our mother the Church; in every human person, a son
or daughter of the One who wants to be called “our Father.” In
this way our relationships with our neighbors are recognized as
personal in character. The neighbor is not a “unit” in the human
collective; he is “someone” who by his known origins deserves
particular attention and respect.
Human communities are
made up of persons.
themwell is not limited to guaranteeing rights and fulfilling duties
such as honoring contracts. Right relations between employers and
employees, between those who govern and citizens, presuppose a
natural good will in keeping with the dignity of human persons
concerned for justice and fraternity.
The duties of children
The divine fatherhood is the source of human father
this is the foundation of the honor owed to parents. The
respect of children, whether minors or adults, for their father and
is nourished by the natural affection born of the bond
uniting them. It is required by God’s commandment.
Respect for parents (
) derives from
ward those who, by the gift of life, their love and their work, have
brought their children into the world and enabled them to grow in