Catholic Social Teaching & Poverty
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Catholic Social Teaching & Poverty
LOGOJusticeWrite down your definition?What influenced you to have that definition?Share2
Poverty Pop QuizIn 2010, how many people were poor in the U.S.?A. 12.4 millionB. 25.3 millionC. 43.6 millionD. 46.2 millionwww.themegallery.com3Poverty Pop QuizIn 2010, what % of children were in poverty in the U.S.?A. 10.4%B. 15.3%C. 22%D. 26.2%www.themegallery.com4Poverty Pop QuizExtreme poverty is an area where at least what % of the population lives below the poverty line?A. 10%B. 20%C. 30%D. 40%www.themegallery.com5Bound by Faith of BaptismChapter 12 of the Compendium of Social Doctrine of the Church
Responsibility of Christians to be committed to social transformation
Role for everyone, but esp. laity Baptism
6EvangelizationBelieve: JesusShare: CommunityTransform: WorldBeing Church: evangelization occurs with & through communityEvanglization has a personal and social dimension involving human rights, peace, justice, development, and liberation. #29 Evangelii Nuntiandi, Pope Paul VIContext of social ministryRole of CST: framework of values for action7
World Synod of BishopsJustice in the World
-Action on behalf of justice for the transformation of the world is a constitutive dimension of preaching the gospel-Placed action for justice at the heart of the Churchs mission as central as celebrating the sacraments-Justice education is central to the Churchs mission
8Justice in the WorldSee, Judge, ActSocial Sin: structural problems, not just individual onesGod as liberator & Jesus as preacher of justice for the poorTheme for the CSC this yearwww.themegallery.com9Deus Caritas EstLove of God and love of neighbor have become one: In the least of the brethren we find Jesus himself, and in Jesus we find God.
Call to Be Faithful - TransformationScripture: Faith as WisdomSacrament: Faith as ExperienceSocial Justice: Faith as Witness
11Biblical JusticeSocial Dimension of ScriptureNot one way to know the will of GodGen. 1: sacredness, stewardshipExodus: freedom for new covenantLk 4, Mt 25 & Prophets:Justice is intrinsic to faithProtection in social setting12
Biblical JusticeDoes not make straight correlationsAbout making things right>Right relationship*God*One another*Earth>Fidelity to the community
13Getting Through the LingoCatholic Social TraditionCatholic Social ThoughtCatholic Social TeachingLots of Latin documents
Catholic Social TraditionBrings in the whole history of people, places, events & movements following the call of ScriptureChurchs lived and intellectual traditionPeople: Dorothy Day, Thea Bowman, John RyanMovements: Jocists, Catholic Worker
Catholic Social ThoughtPatristic & Classical theologians:Augustine & Thomas Aquinas
Continuing reflection:- Liberation Theology, Eco-theology
16Catholic Social TeachingOfficial teaching statements-From Popes 1891 Leo XIII Rerum Novarum to Benedict XVI Caritas in Veritate-From Bishops Conferences:US: Challenge of Peace & Economic Justice for AllPhilippines: Ecology-Local Bishops:IL: Racism PastoralNorthwest U.S.: Columbia River & Environment Pastoral
Example of the SynthesisTradition: John XXIII & Vatican IIThought: Signs of the TimesActivity of Gods Spirit as it is revealed in the social movements of an historical period
Teaching: Pacem in TerrisWomens movementEnding colonialism18Catholic Social TeachingValues & Principles for ActionDignity of the Human PersonCommunity & the Common GoodRights & ResponsibilitiesOption for the PoorDignity of WorkSolidarityCare for Gods Creation
19Principles of Catholic Social Teaching20
These principles form the basis for all Catholic social teaching. The issues may change, but the principles are immutable.SolidarityOption for the PoorCall to CommunityAnd ParticipationDignity of theHuman PersonRights andResponsibilitiesDignityof WorkCare for GodsCreationDignity of the Human PersonThis is the keystone of CST. We are all made in the image & likeness of God, hence all life is precious and sacred, from conception until natural death.Dt 30:15-20 Choose life.Ps 103:6-10 The Lord secures justice of all the oppressed. Lk 24:49 Christ empowers us to continue his work. Eph. 4:23-24 Put on a new self, created in Gods way.
21Community & the Common GoodAll humanity is called to be social and to model the relationship of God in the mystery of the Trinity. We recognize our humanity in relationship to others and are saved through community.Lv 19:9-15 Treat your neighbor with justice and mercy. Mi 6:8 Act justly and walk humbly with God. Jn 13:34-35 Love one another. Acts 4:32-35 Learn how to live true Christian community.
22Rights & ResponsibilitiesWe not only care about life, but also that people have quality of life so that their human dignity is respected. We are called to respect the rights of others.Jer 22:16 To know the Lord is to act justly.Am 5:21-24 God does not want empty religious exercises, but true conversion.Mt 23:11 Be a servant.Lk 6:46-49 Combine prayer with action.
23Option for the PoorThe poor and anyone vulnerable or oppressed are also called to be invited as part of the community and to be given a voice. Those with the most need ought to be attended to first.Ps 41:1-3 Show regard for the lowly and the poor.Jer 22:3 Rescue the victim from the oppressor.Rom 12:10-18 Exercise hospitality; make friends with the poor.Lk 4:16-30 Jesus announces his mission to liberate people.
24Dignity of WorkWe are all called to live a vocation and to be co-creators with God using our talents. Everyone has a right to fair and decent work in which their humanity is respected.Is 3:13-15 Do not grind the face of the poor.Am 2:6-7 The unjust trample on the heads of ordinary people. Lk 3:10-18 Justice in the workplace is an example of showing the Christian way. Jas 5:1-6 Riches obtained unjustly bring misery.
25SolidarityWe are all part of one human familywhatever our national, racial, religious, economic or ideological differencesand in an increasingly interconnected world, loving our neighbors has global dimensions.Prv 21:13 Listen to the poor.Is 32:16-17 Justice will bring peace.Mt 25:31-46 Christ is identified with all people.1 Cor. 12:24-26 If one suffers, all suffer.
26Care for Gods CreationFrom Genesis we learn all creation is holy and a gift from God which deserves our respect by being good stewards. We are co-creators with God.Gen 2:15 Stewardship of the earth.Dan 3:74-81 All the earth blesses God.Mt 6:25-34 Learn to trust in God as does nature.Rom 8:18-25 All creation awaits redemption.
27Spes Salvi/Saved in HopeAll serious and upright human conduct is hope in action. #35Hope, in fact, is a key word in Biblical faith so much so that in several passages the words faith and hope seem interchangeable. #2Love of God leads to participation in the justice and generosity of God toward others. #2828
Caritas in Veritate/Charity in TruthLatest social encyclicalCharity in truth is the principle driving force behind the authentic development of every person and of all humanity. #1The current economic and financial crises make the theme of progress more acute & urgent. #3329Practical Ways of Living a Just LifeAwareness: Justice EducationDirect Service & Advocacy: For OthersEmpowerment: With Others30Faith in ActionCatholic Relief Services provides humanitarian relief and development assistance to the poor and marginalized in over 100 countries and territories around the world.Catholic Charities USAs membersmore than 1,700 local Catholic Charities agencies and institutions nationwideprovide help and create hope for nearly 8.5 million people a year regardless of religious, social, or economic backgrounds.31
Hope in ActionMore than 5.5 million patients were admitted to Catholic hospitals during a one-year period.Each year, one in six patients in the United States is cared for in a Catholic hospital, and Catholic health care facilities provide a wide range of community benefits to assist individuals and families. During the last fiscal year, Catholic hospitals across the United States contributed more than $5.7 billion* in services identified as community benefits.
Faith in ActionCCHD has provided nearly 8,000 grants to self-help organizations led by poor persons.NCEA is the largest private professional education organization in the world, representing 200,000 Catholic educators serving 7.6 million students in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, in seminaries and in colleges and universities. There are 8,000 Catholic School across the United States.
CommitmentWhat will you do?Who will work with you?Who will you communicate with?
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