• hotboogers

    “Everyone has someone they want to exploit, abuse or even kill for their own privilege.”

    Ummm, no. Not everyone. Many, perhaps, but not everyone. Some people just want to live quietly, without being hounded. Most of them are also the typical tithers and food bank staffers. So, no, not everyone.

  • FW Ken

    The cafeteria lines form to the right as well as to the left. As I usually do in matters political, I stand squarely in the middle, sayin “yes, but….” to both sides.
    The vision of Catholic Social Doctrine, as I understand it, is that people have the right to property and the fruits of their labor, and a duty to use all that in the service of Christian charity. Not “charity” only in what we give away, but charity as the love we are called to have towards our neighbors. Sometimes not giving someone something is charity, if what we give them would harm them.
    It’s worth remembering that corporations as well as governments can dehumanize and promote gross injustices. Corporations as well as governments can also be tools to promote a just society in which each person, from conception to a natural death, is helped to become what God made them to be. There are many means, but one end to which we strive.

    • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

      That’s a wonderful comment Ken. I fully agree.

  • Pastor Chris

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful video, Rebecca! This Lutheran pastor has been looking for such a video to share with his Confirmation students in the Ten Commandments unit, and this is the one! “Catholic” social teachings or “Luther’s” explanations, the Two Commandments (“Love the Lord. . . ” and “Love your neighbor. . . “) are summed up beautifully in this video. Thanks again!

    • hamiltonr

      You’ve blessed my day Pastor. Lutheran/Catholic/Southern Baptist, etc: It’s all one Jesus.

  • FW Ken

    Our grandfather Benedict offered this context for social doctrine. I found it helpful, not to mention touching. All we have and all we do is a gift. That sets social doctrine onto a special trajectory that all of our politics may obscure.

    The concept of God freely giving his love is a pivot of the Christian faith, according to the Pope Emeritus. “In the struggle for justice in the world, we must never forget God’s gratuitousness, the constant giving and receiving and we must build on the fact that the Lord gives to us, that there are good persons who give their goodness freely to us, who freely endure us, love us and are good to us for free.” In turn, therefore, we must “give this gratuitousness, in this way to bring the world closer to God, to become like Him, to open ourselves to Him.”“Without the gratuitousness of forgiveness no society can grow,” said Benedict. In fact, the greatest things of life, namely, “love, friendship, goodness, forgiveness, we cannot pay for, they are free, in the same way that God gives to us freely,” stressed Ratzinger.