Sept. 10, 2015 (Catholic Social Teaching continued)

Catholic Social Teaching is based on the fundamental right to life and the right to those things required for human decency. We must ask ourselves how do we treat the most vulnerable in society. In any system, the economy must serve people, not the other way around. So, work is more than just a way to make a living; it is a way of continuing participation in God’s work of creation. We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideologies happen to be. So, loving our “neighbor” has a global dimension to it. Pope Paul VI taught that if you want peace, then work for justice. Thus, we show our respect for God the Creator by our stewardship of creation.

There is more that I could write, but I think I’ve hit the main points. So, I’ll leave with one final statement or principle, the principle of subsidiarity. Subsidiarity is a fundamental principle of social philosophy. It means that “one should not withdraw from individuals and commit to the community what they can accomplish by their own enterprise.”

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One thought on “Sept. 10, 2015 (Catholic Social Teaching continued)

  1. “When we attend to the needs of those in want, we give them what is theirs, not ours. More than performing works of mercy, we are paying a debt of justice.” Pope Gregory the Great

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