Advocates Corner

Rights and Responsibilities/Solidarity

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) published “Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching” on their website []. This article considers two Themes, “Rights and Responsibilities” plus “Solidarity.” USCCB writes: “The Catholic tradition teaches that human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met. Therefore, every person has a fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency. Corresponding to these rights are duties and responsibilities – to one another, to our families, and to the larger society.”

About Solidarity, USCCB writes: “We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sisters’ keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions in a shrinking world. At the core of the virtue of solidarity is the pursuit of justice and peace. Pope Paul VI taught that “if you want peace, work for justice.” The Gospel calls us to be peacemakers. Our love for all our sisters and brothers demands that we promote peace in a world surrounded by violence and conflict.”

To learn how these Themes apply in advocating for the poor and hungry during this current critical budget process time, contact Bill Jones at