Catholic Social Teaching
Year 6 have been considering the Catholic Social Teaching theme of Solidarity. We are all responsible for each other. It is a simple calculation: the world becomes a better place to live if we build a community where everyone can reach their full potential, through respect for each other’s dignity, rights and responsibilities. As St John Paul II wrote, “We are all one family in the world.’
The children discussed the difference between generosity to others, eg giving to charity and fighting for justice for people – which can have a longer term impact. The good of each human person is intimately related to the good of the whole community. When one is hurt, all are in pain. Our communities must allow everyone to participate in society and share in the goods of creation. This means all of society working together and leaving no-one behind, especially the poorest and most vulnerable.
Aks said, ‘Sometimes people think you can help poorer people by just giving them things but this can only solve it for a small amount of time.’
Kris continued, ‘To solve the bigger problem we can teach people how to make money through trade and have the knowledge of how they can make money into the future.’
‘Solidarity isn’t just about giving – it’s about teaching others to fix things themselves – this means giving our time to others,’ Jess added.
St John Paul II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis (The Social Concern of the Church), 1987, #38
“…a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.”
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