THE VULNERABLE PEOPLE PROJECT
Promote a respect for the intrinsic dignity of the human person regardless of ability, age, status, ethnicity or sex.
A civilization that venerates the dignity, beauty and worth of the human person from the first movement of life to natural death and spiritedly defends life at every level of governance, from that of the smallest village to alliances and agreements among sovereign nations.
Catholic Social Teaching is confused and watered down. In America and around the world, hundreds of millions of vulnerable human beings are subject to violence and exploitation, from the child in the womb to hunted religious minorities. Yet those who claim to advocate for them too often hold deeply anti-human, utilitarian worldviews rooted in utopian ideologies or a vapid materialism. Among those who do value human exceptionalism and revere the human person, too few effectively deploy the rich insights of Catholic social teaching, which developed over many centuries in response to assaults on human dignity. Even inside the Church, some of our leaders have caved on core principles of natural law that should serve as bright “red lines” against abuses. Increasingly, such leaders sound indistinguishable from the leaders of secular NGOs.
As Catholics, we have been ineffective in the way we’ve communicated Catholic Social Doctrine both within the Church and in greater society.
Since Catholic social teaching deals fundamentally with the proper care for the poorest and most disenfranchised, one of the most disturbing symptoms of our confusion is the divorce of Catholic social principles from “Catholic” charitable and humanitarian work.
Live in Solidarity with the Vulnerable. We must represent Catholic Social Teaching to both Catholics and non-Catholics in a way that challenges ideology, rips the masks off victimists and harnesses the inherent attractiveness of the Truth.
The principles of authentic, full humanism and natural law are available for us to brush off and promptly apply. Core among these principles are:
- Man as created in the Image of God
- The reality of a Transcendent Moral Order
- The need for Subsidiarity to protect family and civic institutions from creeping Totalitarianism.
- The central role of Solidarity, or loyalty to every member of the human family
- The need for a Humane Economy, which harnesses the dynamism of economic freedom to the service of the human person
- The Vulnerable People Project will consistently apply these principles to every issue of public policy via multiple media.
Whole Life Principles
- Image of God
- Transcendent Moral Order
- Humane Economy
The Vulnerable People Project will:
- Advocate for the vulnerable
- Counter the misappropriation, and shut down the false narrative of Catholic social teaching.
- Respond to false humanitarianism on the left, and narrow or incomplete visions on the right.
- Highlight the most forgotten and preyed-upon, wherever they are—from the Planned Parenthood clinics in America’s ghettos to the refugee camps of Iraq