Appleton, WI

Oct 6: Day by Day with Father Bill


-From Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship: A Call to Political Responsibility

Four Principles of Catholic Social Teaching
IV Solidarity

(52) We are one human family, whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers’ and sister’s keepers, wherever they may be. Loving our neighbor has global dimensions and requires us to eradicate racism and address the extreme poverty and disease plaguing so much of the world. Solidarity also includes the scriptural call to welcome the stranger among us – including immigrants seeking work – by ensuring that they have opportunities for a safe home, education for their children, and a decent life for their families and by ending the practice of separating families through deportation. In light of the Gospel’s invitation to be peacemakers, our commitment to solidarity with our neighbors – at home and abroad – also demands that we promote peace and pursue justice in a world marred by terrible violence and conflict…
(53) In reference to solidarity, a special emphasis must be given to the Church’s preferential option for the poor. While the common good embraces all, those who are weak, vulnerable, and most in need deserve preferential concern. A basic moral test for any society is how it treats those who are most vulnerable.

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