Advocates Corner


Catholic Social Teaching

Option for the Poor and Vulnerable

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” on their website [usccb.org]. This article considers “Option for the Poor and Vulnerable.” USCCB writes: “The church’s love for the poor…is inspired by the…poverty of Jesus, and his concern for the poor…Those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a preferential love on the part of the Church…love for the poor, in whom the Church sees Christ himself, is made concrete in the promotion of justice.” “The obligation to provide justice for all, means that the poor have the single most urgent economic claim on the conscience of the nation.” “The primary purpose of this special commitment to the poor is to enable them to become active participants in the life of society…to share in and contribute to the common good.” USCCB’s 03/03/2017 letter to Congress states: “A central moral measure of any budget proposal is how it affects “the least of these” (Matthew 25). The needs of those who are hungry and homeless, vulnerable and at risk, without work or in poverty should come first.”

To learn how you can join many other Parishioners in advocating for the poor and hungry during this current critical tax cut and budget process, contact Bill Jones: conbill4@msn.com.