‘Looking at the situation from this point of view, it is possible to speak in a certain sense of a war of the powerful against the weak: a life which would require greater acceptance, love, and care is considered useless, or held to be an intolerable burden, and is therefore rejected in one way or another. A person who, because of illness, handicap, or, more simply, just by existing, compromises the well-being or life-style of those who are more favored tends to be looked upon as an enemy to be resisted or eliminated. In this way a kind of “conspiracy against life” is unleashed.’
-St. John Paul II, Evangelium Vitae n.12
Taken from the new DOCAT app, which presents to us the Church’s social teaching, from abortion to globalisation. It’s absolutely brilliant, and I strongly recommend it.
‘Today, a Christian who is not a revolutionary is not a Christian.’
‘Ownership of the means of production, whether in industry or agriculture, is just and legitimate if it serves useful work. It becomes illegitimate, however, when it is not utilized or when it serves to impede the work of others, in an effort to gain a profit which is not the result of the overall expansion of work and the wealth of society, but rather is the result of curbing them or of illicit exploitation, speculation, or the breaking of solidarity among working people. Ownership of this kind has no justification and represents an abuse in the sight of God and man.’
-Pope St. John Paul II, Centesimus Annus n.43
The Catholic Church’s teachings on politics, economics, and society, are spot on. Why? Because today it is only ancient religions that remember ancient wisdom and common sense.
The world today considers everything as either entirely private or entirely public property, existing either for an individual or the government. Whereas the reality is everything belongs to a corresponding community, in which each member has rights and duties to the object and each other. All things and all our lives are interdepent, and nothing is truly autonomous.
Thanks for reading, and God bless you!