• September 10, 2021

Catholic Social Justice Quotes From the Popes

 Catholic Social Justice Quotes From the Popes


1. It is more important to love than to obey

“Take care of the poor and the outcast! The Bible is full of these exhortations. The Lord says: it is not important to me that you do this or that, it is important to me that the orphan is cared for, that the widow is cared for, that the outcast person is heard, that creation is protected. This is the Kingdom of God!”
Pope Francis, Homily, 2014

2. Jesus is there when people suffer

“Where is God? Where is God, if evil is present in our world, if there are men and women who are hungry and thirsty, homeless, exiles and refugees..? These are questions that humanly speaking have no answer. But Jesus’ answer is ‘God is in them.’ Jesus is in them; he suffers in them and deeply identifies with each of them, He is so closely united to them as to form with them, as it were, ‘one body.’
Pope Francis, Way of the Cross at World Youth Day, 2016.

3. Let’s have social institutions for the human person

“The goal of all social institutions is and must be the human person which for its part and by its very nature stands completely in need of social life.
Pope Paul 6th, Joy and Hope, 25

4. Man is the centre of the economy

“Man is the source, the centre, and the purpose of all economic and social life.”
Pope Paul 6th, Joy & Hope. 63

5. The Church is an “expert in humanity”

“The Church does not propose economic and political systems or programs, nor does she show preference for one or the other, provided that human dignity is properly respected and promoted, and provided she herself is allowed the room she needs to exercise her ministry in the world. But the Church is an “expert in humanity”…”
Pope John Paul 2nd, On Social Concern, 41

6. The Catholic social teaching is not a political programme

“It is up to the Christian communities to analyse with objectivity the situation which is proper to their own country, to shed on it the light of the Gospel’s unalterable words and to draw principles of reflection, norms of judgment and directives for action from the social teaching of the Church. This social teaching has been worked out in the course of history and notably, in this industrial era…”
Pope Paul 6th, On The Eightieth Anniversary, 4

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