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Life in Christ

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God entrusted animals to the stewardship of those whomhe

created in his own image.

198

Hence it is legitimate to use animals for

food and clothing. They may be domesticated to help man in

his work and leisure. Medical and scientific experimentation on

animals is amorallyacceptablepractice if it remainswithin reasonable

limits and contributes to caring for or saving human lives.

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It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer

or die needlessly. It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them

that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can

love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only

to persons.

III.

T

he

S

ocial

D

octrine of

the

C

hurch

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“Christian revelation . . . promotes deeper understanding

of the laws of social living.”

199

The Church receives from the

Gospel the full revelation of the truth about man. When she fulfills

her mission of proclaiming the Gospel, she bears witness to man,

in the name of Christ, to his dignity and his vocation to the commu­

nion of persons. She teaches him the demands of justice and peace

in conformity with divine wisdom.

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The Church makes a moral judgment about economic and

social matters, “when the fundamental rights of the person or the

salvation of souls requires it.”

200

In the moral order she bears a

mission distinct from that of political authorities: the Church is

concerned with the temporal aspects of the common good because

they are ordered to the sovereign Good, our ultimate end. She

strives to inspire right attitudes with respect to earthly goods and

in socio-economic relationships.

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The social doctrine of the Church developed in the nineteenth

century when the Gospel encounteredmodern industrial society with its new

structures for the production of consumer goods, its new concept of society,

the state and authority, and its new forms of labor and ownership. The devel­

opment of the doctrine of the Church on economic and social matters attests

the permanent value of the Church’s teaching at the same time as it attests the

true meaning of her Tradition, always living and active.

201

198 Cf.

Gen

2:19-20; 9:1-4.

199

GS

23 § 1.

200

GS

76 § 5.

201 Cf.

CA

3.

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