Catholic teaching explains that God is good and due to his power they say that God wants a happy and prosperous life for everyone. Followers are taught that they should strive to create a better world for everyone. Despite these beliefs, the world is a mixed bag of a place where many are poor and suffering whilst others live more comfortable lives.
Catholic teaching teaches its followers that they should not be better off than the followers of other religions. However, the world is still filled with many poor and underprivileged people while very rich religious people and institutions continue to bask in their wealth.
Catholics believe that they should work towards eradicating poverty and assist others in improving their living standards. Catholics basically follow the First Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which says:
freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people. the peoples of the United Nations havedetermined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom.
"For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Matthew 25:35-36
Every individual is both sacred and social. A person appreciates his or her dignity and rights in relationship with others in the community. The community must allow all individuals to grow and achieve fulfilment.
The organization of society - in economics and politics, in law and policy - directly influences human dignity and the ability for individuals to ...