Sometimes when I present introductory talks on Catholic Social Teaching and name some key principles, I encounter a kind of cynical “yeah, yeah, know all that, bleeding obvious’ sort of response. The principle of the dignity of the human person is not novel, and it isn’t rocket science, it’s just deeply challenging in practice. What does it really mean to say that each and every person is made in the image and likeness of God and has an inalienable and transcendent dignity, and that all persons are equal in dignity and rights? Yesterday I was struck by two examples. In… Read More »Human Dignity – Is It so Obvious?