2.7 - Catholic Social Teaching (CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas…
2.7 - Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Social Teaching promotes justice, peace and reconciliation.
CAFOD is a Catholic charity working in England and Wales to help overseas.
The Church works universally for love of neighbour as well as love of God.
Love of Neighbour
Jesus taught that people should love their neighbour:
"Love your neighbour as yourself" (Mark 12:31)
"Go and do likewise" (Luke 10:37)
The Catholic Church gives 7 key themes to its social teaching:
Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable.
Dignity of work and the rights of workers
Human rights and the responsibility to protect them.
Solidarity with all people as one family.
Call to family, community, and participation
Stewardship and care for God's creation
Sacredness of life and the dignity of the human person.
Justice, peace and reconciliation
: encouraging harmony among all human beings; preventing or resolving war and conflict.
: protecting the dignity and rights of the human person wherever they may be.
: promoting justice and eliminating or limiting injustice.
"The mere fact that she people are born in places with fewer resources of less development does not justify the fact that they are living with less dignity" (Evangelii Gaudium Ch4:190)
Actions of individual Catholics
Corporal (bodily) works of mercy
: for example, feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick.
Spiritual works of mercy
: for example, comforting the sorrowful, forgiving offences, praying for people.
The parable of the sheep and goats:
This King will answer them, "Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me" (Matthew 25:40)
CAFOD (Catholic Agency for Overseas Development)
Facing the toughest challenges, e.g. war
There in a crisis:
short-term or emergency aid such as after a natural disaster.
Helping people to help themselves
Raising awareness and educating Catholics
Rooted in the Catholic community
Working for social justice
Global neighbours fighting injustice and poverty