Catholic Social Teaching: Preferential Option for the Poor a Response to…
Catholic Social Teaching: Preferential Option for the Poor a Response to Social Justice
Catholic Social Teachings of the Church
set of moral principles, attitudes, and values of our Church
guide us in discerning how to confront the social realities of our times grounded on the life and teachings of Christ
Justice and Charity
justice attains its inner fullness only in love
every person is truly a visible image of the invisible God and a brother/sister of Christ
the Christian finds in every person God himself and God's absolute demand for justice and love
1 Peter 3:9
"Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing."
Caritas in Veritae, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI
"If we love others in charity then first of all we are just towards them. ...Justice is the primary way of charity."
a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good
Preferential Option for the Poor
a Catholic Social Teaching that calls us to put the needs of society's most poor and vulnerable members first among social concerns
the choice of the poor as a priority of Christian witnessing to justice and solidarity
a decision and commitment in favor of the poor
"The preference for the poor is a Christian preference" for Christ came to proclaim a message of salvation to the poor.
St. John Paul II
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me. He has anointed me to bring good news to the poor, to proclaim liberty to the captives and new sight to the blind; to free the oppressed and announce the Lord's year of mercy."
based on the idea of a just society
give s individuals and groups fair treatment and a just share of the benefits of society
means living in right relationship
We must live justly not only with God, but with our neighbor and all of humanity