Catholic Social Teaching

1222 WordsJan 16, 20185 Pages
Catholic Social Teaching's Impact The role of the Church has not changed a great deal down through the ages, but it has been refined. One of these methods of refinement is for leaders in the Catholic Church to issue edicts which will give guidance to members which will help them live their lives according to Christian principles. One of these areas, which is overlooked many times, is how an individual is to treat his or her fellow people. The social constructs within the Catholic Church mention the ideas of "human dignity, the common good, subsidiarity and solidarity" (Catholic Social Services Australia, 2012) as four pieces that are necessary to conduct oneself correctly, and the Church outlines how these are to be performed in different areas of life. Among these how an individual deals with their personal fortune and how the economics of countries should work is of primary concern. This paper looks at Catholic social teachings wisdom in this area of economics and how it effects the church member. Economy is not the most important issue that faces the world, especially when it comes to the churches view, but temporally it is one of the most important topics for any person. Christ talked about money more than any other single topic during his time on Earth which solidifies the fact that how people and nations use their money is of great import. Money does not give a person freedom, but it can enslave and it can be used for good. Recalling the story of the widow's
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