Foundations of Catholic Social Teaching

Book Resources: Chapter 2: Why Catholics care about people living in poverty

 

Why Catholics care about people living in poverty

Film Focus Point: This video emphasizes the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable and the necessity of acting on behalf of those living in poverty and vulnerable situations. It imparts a challenging message from the bishops.

Text Focus Point: Page 61

Discussion Questions:

  1. What does the narrator mean when he refers to those on the margins of society? Who exactly are the “vulnerable?”
  2. What did St. Pope John Paul II mean when he said “that in these times, the preferential option for the poor has to be expressed in worldwide dimensions?”
  3. Why is the preferential option for the poor and vulnerable necessarily linked to the theme of life and dignity of the human person? 

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