Catholic Social Justice

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Catholic Social Justice

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An issue that is of great moral concern is poverty. There are people in the United States and many other developed countries that are affluent and are provided with better education, resources, and luxuries. However, in the less developed countries there are not enough resources, not enough medical aid, poor or no schools at all, many people are starving and homeless. Where as many of the developed countries have a free education and have a higher literacy rate than the poor underdeveloped countries. According to natural law everyone has a right to acquire knowledge (The Westminster Dictionary of Christian Ethics). Now is it moral for one to be able to acquire greater knowledge over another? God has "created humans with enough intelligence that they can use their reason to observe the natural world and make reliable judgments about God's purposes and how our behavior cooperate with God's plan."

(The Sources and Methods of Catholic Social Teaching)

Everyone has the right to an education, food, good health and shelter. Everyone should be able to receive equal opportunities to all of the above. One of the problems with our society is the inequality and the class system. This of course is not a new phenomenon. According to Massaro in the Catholic Church the popes "noticed a huge gap between God's intentions for the world… and the actual state of affairs in the modern industrial world (millions starving while only a few enjoyed luxuries" (The sources of Methods of Catholic Social Teaching) went against natural law. The United States and other first world countries have extra resources and luxuries while the third world countries are deprived of books, food, fair wages and proper medical attention, is unethical and immoral.

Everyone has the right to an equal education. No...