individuals, all areas of community life, and all
peoples. Nothing human can be alien to itâ.
True Christian hope, which seeks the eschatolog-
ical kingdom, always generates history.
The Churchâs teaching on social questions
182.âThe Churchâs teachings concerning con-
tingent situations are subject to new and further
developments and can be open to discussion, yet
we cannot help but be concrete â without pre-
suming to enter into details â lest the great social
principles remain mere generalities which chal-
lenge no one. There is a need to draw practical
conclusions, so that they âwill have greater im-
pact on the complexities of current situationsâ.
The Churchâs pastors, taking into account the
contributions of the different sciences, have the
right to offer opinions on all that affects peopleâs
lives, since the task of evangelization implies and
demands the integral promotion of each human
being. It is no longer possible to claim that re-
ligion should be restricted to the private sphere
and that it exists only to prepare souls for heav-
en. We know that God wants his children to be
happy in this world too, even though they are
called to fulfilment in eternity, for he has created
all things âfor our enjoymentâ (
, 29 June 2007, 380.
um of the Social Doctrine of the Church