This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Justice

Justice is briefly defined as “the constant and firm will to give their due to God and neighbor.”[1] In more familiar terms, it is the precept that we must treat every other person as if they were persons, and not as if they were objects or pieces of furniture. It concerns our attitude and action not only toward individuals, but toward our community and other communities, and vice versa. It is, according to the Compendium, the “decisive criteria of morality” in the social sphere.[2] But so far we have only spoken generally and vaguely, and this will not help us when it comes to application and action. Therefore we must dig a bit further into the problem of justice, and consider it in the traditional fashion, as divided into four parts: commutative, distributive, legal, and social. Because justice is an intrinsically relational principle, it is divided into parts depending on the nature of the relationship in question.[3]

[1] CCC, 1807.

[2] CSDC, 201.

[3] See also: ST II-II, q. 61, a. 1; CCC, 2426; CSDC, 201; CV, 36-37.

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