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JUSTICE

Justice is a moral virtue - a habit of practicing the good. It consists in giving what is due to God and neighbour. Justice disposes one to respect the dignity of each individual and to protect the common good. Justice thus seeks to establish harmony in human relationships through distribution of goods, services and opportunities to meet the needs of every member of society. Social justice uses the leaven of the Gospel to transform social and political structures which undermine human dignity and the common good. The call to justice is at the heart of the prophets' messages to God's people. Faithfulness to their Covenant relationship with God was mirrored in justice to the poor, widows, orphans and strangers. Jesus fulfils the prophetic tradition and reminds us that our salvation involves acting justly toward the poor, sick, imprisoned, hungry, and strangers, in whom his presence is found. Catholic social teaching tells us that peace is the result of justice. In addition, there can be no justice without forgiveness. If we seek peace, we must do justice, and to do justice, we must be ready to forgive.

Related Concepts:

LOVE
PEACE
RIGHTEOUSNESS
COMMON GOOD
CONFLICT RESOLUTION
EQUITY
MARGINALIZATION
PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
SOLIDARITY
SUBSIDIARITY
SOCIAL JUSTICE
SOCIAL SIN
HUMAN RIGHTS
NON-VIOLENCE
DISTRIBUTIVE JUSTICE
DIGNITY OF WORK AND SERVICE
FORGIVENESS
HUMAN DIGNITY
COMMON GOOD

Corresponding Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations:
 
CGE1d Develops attitudes and values founded on Catholic social teaching and acts to promote social responsibility, human solidarity and the common good
CGE2a Listens actively and critically to understand and learn in light of gospel values
CGE2c Presents information and ideas clearly and honestly and with sensitivity to others
CGE3b Creates, adapts, evaluates new ideas in light of the common good
CGE3c Thinks reflectively and creatively to evaluate situations and solve problems
CGE3d Makes decisions in light of gospel values with an informed moral conscience
CGE3f Examines, evaluates and applies knowledge of interdependent systems (physical, political, ethical, socioeconomic and ecological) for the development of a just and compassionate society
CGE4a Demonstrates a confident and positive sense of self and respect for the dignity and welfare of others
CGE5e Respects the rights, responsibilities and contributions of self and others
CGE7a Acts morally and legally as a person formed in Catholic traditions
CGE7e Witnesses Catholic social teaching by promoting equality, democracy, and solidarity for a just, peaceful and compassionate society
CGE7j Contributes to the common good