Sunday, December 17, 2017

Youcat commented through CCC – Question n. 375 – Part II.

YOUCAT Question n. 375 – Part II. How is authority exercised correctly?

(Youcat answer) Authority is exercised properly when it is understood according to Jesus’ example as service. It must never be arbitrary.

A deepening through CCC

(CCC 2236) The exercise of authority is meant to give outward expression to a just hierarchy of values in order to facilitate the exercise of freedom and responsibility by all. Those in authority should practice distributive justice wisely, taking account of the needs and contribution of each, with a view to harmony and peace. They should take care that the regulations and measures they adopt are not a source of temptation by setting personal interest against that of the community (Cf. CA 25).   

Reflecting and meditating 

(Youcat comment) Jesus showed us once and for all how authority should be exercised. He, the greatest authority, served others and took the last place. Jesus even washed the feet of his disciples (Jn 13:1-20). The authority of parents, teachers, educators, and superiors is given to them by God, not so that they can lord it over those who are entrusted to their care, but rather so that they might understand and exercise their duty of guiding and training as service.    

(CCC Comment)

(CCC 2237) Political authorities are obliged to respect the fundamental rights of the human person. They will dispense justice humanely by respecting the rights of everyone, especially of families and the disadvantaged. The political rights attached to citizenship can and should be granted according to the requirements of the common good. They cannot be suspended by public authorities without legitimate and proportionate reasons. Political rights are meant to be exercised for the common good of the nation and the human community.     

(The next question is:  What duties do citizens have toward the State?)

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