The centenary of Poland’s restoration of independence also prompts us to reflect on contemporary understanding of ourselves.
It invites us to think particularly about our present understanding of humanity and its foundation – the inalienable and inviolable dignity of the human being; our values and accepted patterns of behaviour; morality, its sources and validity; freedom and its boundaries; responsibility “towards” and “for” another human being, as well as what unites or connects us not only as citizens of reborn Poland, but simply as people living together Polish and European everyday life.
The organizers of the conference “The human being and their rights”, which closes a series of national debates organized by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education together with the Council for Social Problems of the Polish Bishops’ Conference to celebrate the centenary of Poland’s restoration of independence, intend to analyse from the perspective of Catholic social teaching its main area of research, and that is the human being. They will talk about understanding the essence of humanity, man’s rights and obligations referred to in the contemporary teaching of the Church, as well as about the idea of “new humanism” propagated by Pope Francis. This idea of humanism is characterized by: (1) a bonding culture of solidarity, (2) the ability to conduct dialogue as a form of encounter and (3) the ability to generate bonding processes and solutions to increase the inclusiveness of European societies, inclusiveness, which would be expressed on the one hand in the culture of active participation in building an “integrated and reconciled society”, and on the other, in a new economic order referred to by Francis as social economy.