Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Charity vs Justice

This article is old, but still applicable, and addresses the curious phenomenon of the right-wing American Catholic - some snippets:
“I see people mixing up charity with social justice,” says Ernest Revoir, director of the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey’s Office of Social Justice. “Someone’s hungry, you give them food. That’s good, but charity doesn’t get to the root cause.”  
"Or people get lost in thinking that the only social justice question is the right to life, when it’s really the dignity of human life in all its stages.” 
 Marianne Majewski, director of Catholic Charities in the Metuchen diocese, says she’s constantly surprised by how many Catholics don’t understand church teaching on social justice and how many don’t even believe that people have the right to food or shelter, for instance. 
In the words of Pope Francis,  "An authentic faith always implies a deep desire to change the world."

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