Human Rights

Avery Cardinal Dulles

in Church and Society

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780823228621
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823236619 | DOI:
Human Rights

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This chapter discusses human rights, looking into the Universal Declaration and papal teaching. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted with unanimous approval by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. The cornerstone of the Declaration was article 3, proclaiming the right to life, liberty, and security of the person. Of all the popes in history, none has given so much emphasis to human rights as John Paul II. While continuing to affirm their basis in natural law as known to reason, he proclaimed that Christ and the gospel constitute the true and adequate foundation of human rights. All peoples, he said, are called to open themselves to the Christian message, in which alone the meaning of human existence becomes clear.

Keywords: human rights; Universal Declaration; papal teaching; John Paul II; United Nations

Chapter.  6035 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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