Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching

Chapter 5: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights


The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Film Focus Point: This program, produced by the Human Rights Action Center, reviews the rights guaranteed by the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Near the conclusion of the program, the narrator cites the case of Aung San Suu Kyi – the democratically elected leader of Berma – as a symbol of this declaration.

Text Focus Point: Pages 143-147

Discussion Questions:

  1. Look back at the rights emphasized in the introductory section of chapter five. Which of the rights promoted by the U.N. Declaration of Human Rights coincide with the Church’s view of fundamental human rights?
  2. What is the source of these human rights according to the Church? According to the United Nations? 

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