Catholicism and Human Rights

Mary Ann Glendon

in Believing Scholars

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780823225255
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236589 | DOI:
Catholicism and Human Rights

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This chapter discusses the reciprocal relationship between Catholic social thought and the post-World War II human rights project that Mary Ann Glendon discovered in the course of digging into the origins of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948. It also reflects on how her faith has affected her scholarship and how her scholarship has affected her faith. The chapter examines the Catholic influences on the human rights project and the influence of the universal human rights idea on Catholicism. A key figure in the lobbying process for the final vote on the Declaration in the UN General Assembly was the French member of the Commission, René Cassin, a distinguished French lawyer who described himself as a secular Jew. The chapter shows that the contributions of Catholic social thought to the Universal Declaration were significant.

Keywords: Catholic social thought; human rights; Catholicism; Cassin; Universal Declaration; Glendon

Chapter.  4970 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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