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Types of Justice – Part III of III

Social JusticeWhat is Social Justice? Social justice is the awareness of socio-economic inequality and taking efforts to create opportunity and means for those less fortunate. Social Justice addresses any discriminate practice that demeans the human being, such as human-trafficking, degrading immigration policies, economic inequality, genocide, homelessness, etc. Where there is suffering at the cause of another, there is social injustice. Social Justice requires us to respect human dignity and to respect life at all times.

“There but for the grace of God, go I” is a famous quote/prayer that many of us that are fortunate to have a roof over our Continue reading

Types of Justice – Part II of III

Capitol Bldg

What is Distributive Justice? Distributive Justice is concerned with how a government or municipality handles the relationship between the government and the community, with the goal being to interact harmoniously and peaceably.  To effectively apply Distributive Justice the government must avoid corruption, care for the less fortunate, and enact laws with respect to the fundamental rights of each person. 1 The United States government has failed in all three requirements, in my opinion. Corruption is rampant with special interest lobbyists and the wealthy few setting the political agenda. The Republicans (for the most part) in Congress want to strip Continue reading

Types of Justice – Part I of III

Where is the Love How many different types of Justice exist? In these next three reflections we will discuss in detail three forms of Justice: Commutative, Distributive and Social Justice, and how they each propel us to consider the common good. Today, we’ll cover Commutative Justice, which is concerned with the mutual dealings between two individuals. When one individual is wronged by another, Commutative Justice would require that the wrong-doer correct the wrong-doing to the best means possible. For example, an apology might be in order, as well as a form of monetary payment for the trouble caused. Perhaps a reputation requires restoration Continue reading

Where does justice reside? Why is Justice important?

Right Reason

How do you know if a person is just? Justice resides in the will of every person, yet a truly just person is distinguished by right reason and upright conduct. Exercising, or practicing Justice through means of morally appropriate activity, results in the shaping of the social order. For example, an individual who volunteers his time in the Peace Corps, is giving both God and man their due by working to meet the needs of others in a morally upright manner, using right reason. He assists in the shaping of the social order by working to improve the living status Continue reading

What is Justice?

Give God His Due

Is justice fairness, or fairness justice? The answer is not necessarily so. In our secular society we tend to equate justice with fairness. We use the scales of justice to identify equality versus inequality and then conclude that justice is either working as intended or not.  However, God’s justice is on a whole different plane than man’s definition of the term. True justice is defined as giving God His due through worship, praise and thanksgiving, as well as giving one’s neighbor his due by respecting his rights and personhood. These actions are just.

Let’s look at what Father Morris Continue reading