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Catholic Social Teaching and Relational Thinking
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Subtitle: Two perspectives on Christian social engagement

In October 2014 a group of 30 senior Christian leaders from business, politics, the Church and civil society met in Caux, Switzerland, to explore the decline of personal and corporate responsibility across Europe and the intellectual and spiritual causes of this trend. They went on to consider how an alternative culture of relational responsibility might be promoted, drawing on the emerging perspective of ‘Relational Thinking’.

This report is the fruit of that initiative. Mathias Nebel and Paul Dembinski took the lead from the Catholic Social Teaching side, and Guy Brandon and Michael Schluter responded from the perspective of Relational Thinking. The two papers that form this booklet are intended by the authors to be the first part of a conversation which they hope to develop further through a series of events during 2017 and beyond.

"Given that the post-war political settlement in Europe is under mounting threat, this is an opportune time to look for fresh ideas rooted in Christian social teaching, so that the church can keep renewing her mandate to be salt that doesn’t lose its saltiness." Jonathan Tame, Executive Director Jubilee Centre