About Dr. Greg

Dr. Gregory Popcak directs the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to marriage, family, and personal problems. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio. He is the author of over a dozen books integrating psychological insights with our Catholic faith. For more info about books, tele-counseling and other resources, visit www.CatholicCounselors.com.

  • Theodore Seeber

    Thank you. I think I’m now beginning to understand why there is such a barrier between pro-life and social justice Catholics, where I have previously had a problem seeing the problem (after all, to me, there is nobody more materially poor than the unborn human being, 100% dependent upon its mother for life itself. A close second is the person who has been robbed of ability to provide for themselves by disease, a distant third and fourth and fifth are those who have been robbed of the right to provide for themselves by war, the court system, or the fraud that is the root cause of poverty). But in the end, all five of these “Catholic social justice” issues are about dignity- both of the victim AND the oppressor.

  • Jess

    While I appreciate the distinction between those who promote secular social work only and those who promote the Catholic emphasis on human dignity, you’re wrong on a few things here. It is widely off the mark to say that secular social work is only concerned with short-term goals. Nearly every social work program is two-pronged–there is a clinical route (which I am currently on) which works with people one-on-one as case managers, counselors, therapists, etc; there is also a policy route, which deals with the long-term stuff. People in this field work to make the legal system is just, and many also work to make non-profits and social agencies better suited to fit the underprivileged’s needs.

    There are many, many good people in the social work field who are not trying to find “the quickest, most legal solution to the problem.” To work in this field, you NEED compassion, and mercy, and empathy. It’s true that the social work field is largely liberal and therefore promote things that go against human dignity, but not everyone. There are social workers out there–Catholic and non-Catholic–who are working to promote human dignity.

    Also, as a side-note, I’m not sure what you meant about your comments on immigration and welfare reform,but both systems, when done correctly, ARE supported by the Church. Here is a great resource about immigration from our bishops, http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/human-life-and-dignity/immigration/churchteachingonimmigrationreform.cfm , and here’s an article on CST and welfare http://the-american-catholic.com/2009/03/23/catholic-social-teaching-and-the-welfare-state/ .If you’re actually on the same page, then I read you wrong and I apologize. :)

    God bless you.