Rights: Rights and Responsibilities

In the Catholic social vision, each person has basic rights and responsibilities that flow from our God-given dignity regardless of any social or political structures. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. These rights include the rights to freedom of conscience and worship; to raise a family; to immigrate; to live without discrimination; and to have a share of earthly goods sufficient for oneself and one's family, including adequate food, clothing, housing, health care, education, employment, and a safe environment. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities to one another, to our families, and to the larger society: to respect the rights of others and to work for the common good. 


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Catholic Social Thought
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