• Ziad Fahed Notre Dame University - Louaize, Lebanon


The Catholic Church believes that God has created every single person in His own image. God has implemented His own and personal image in the heart of our humanity. The political community, as seen by the Catholic Church, is meant to be the guardian and the witness of this indelible dignity offered and willed by God. The human person created in the image of God means that the purpose and objective of any political community is to defend and promote the “inalienable human rights”. The incarnation of Christ replaces the humanity in the heart of the project of God. By his incarnation, Christ elevates humanity to the dignity of being sons of God. For the Catholic Church, the political community is where one realizes the common good and so it facilitates living together. And by showing his compassion to every single creature, by recognizing the humanity of every single person, Christ leads the way to a civilization of love that can be achieved through the support of the political community.

Keywords: Catholic Church and Political Community, Common good, Indelible human dignity, Civilization of Love , Principle of fraternity


Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1995.
Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church, 2005.
Douglas Hicks and Mark Valeri, Global Neighbors, Christian Faith and moral obligation in Today’s Economy, William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Cambridge,
G.A. Studdert Kennedy, After War, Is Faith Possible? Cascade, Oregon, 2008.
Jean Marie Wallet et Tommaso Sorgi, Igino Giordani, Chrétien, politique, écrivain, Edition Nouvelle Cite, 2003.
Keneth E. Baiely, Poet and Peasant, Grand Rapids : Eerdmans, 1976.
Leonard Swidler, Making the Church our Own, How We Can Reform the Catholic Church from the Ground Up, Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2007.
Leonard Swidler, Toward a Catholic Constitution, Crossroad Book, 1996.
Linda Hogan and Dylan Lee Lehrke, Religion and the Politics of Peace and Conflict, Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Oregon, 2009.
Paul Valadier, Détresse du politique force du religieux, Seuil, 2007.
Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, 1965.