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Managed care Any benefit to the general public–eg, teaching and charity care, provided by physicians and health care workers
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In no sense, however, can the concept of the common good of Catholic social teaching be reduced to the economic notion as being rivalrous and nonexcludable in consumption or to any secular purpose progressives may propose.
Solidarity is a relation of Ego with Alter, in which both do what they can in relation to the responsibility that everyone has toward the common good.
Brennan tells readers there is such a thing as the common good, even though he does not tell readers what it is, so one would be hard-pressed to argue against Brennan's theory of the common good, beyond saying there is no such thing.
Citizens would thus maintain their private interests, but subordinate them to the common good when making political decisions.
To better understand the common good, it might help then to look at the most recent authoritative church statement on the subject--from Pope Benedict XVI in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate.
The idea of the common good is stronger in Catholic social teaching than in any political philosophy, but one doesn't have to be a Catholic to recognise that its absence severely limits what politics can achieve.
In other words, equating the two would mean that the connection of sexuality to procreation and the raising of children is a fact of no interest to the state since it has no relevance to the common good.
Furthermore, I find it an extreme leap of logic to believe that it would be for the common good to have the audacity and gall to step into people's lives uninvited, and moralise women into feeling shame for making a choice about their personal lives, or to block the termination of a pregnancy resulting from sexual violence.
The common good is a compelling vision that is central to the best of human nature, and it reminds all people of the inescapable network of mutuality that binds them together with others.
The campaign is designed to inspire individuals across the country to help advance the common good through giving, advocating and volunteering in the areas of education, income and health.
A Nation for All: How the Catholic Vision of the Common Good Can Save America from the Politics of Division, by Chris Korzen and Alexia Kelley.
As Mary Keys ably demonstrates, we can benefit from re-examining Aquinas and Aristotle on the common good, although she admits that they too are not quite satisfying, and the common good remains a necessary but elusive idea for politics.