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1 Social Justice vs. Charity
Learning Goal: I will identify the difference between Social Justice and Charity.

2 Justice is experienced when people are treated with equality and respect. Justice is the act of being fair in our dealings with others

3 Social justice is related to how we treat people, as individuals AND as whole groups in society.
Scriptures tell us that God created people with a natural desire to live with harmony, treating others with justice and being treated with justice. Jesus taught that we should love one another that we should treat everyone with justice (dignity and respect).

4 What is a Catholic Social Teaching?
Catholic Social Teaching is developed by the Catholic Church on matters of poverty and wealth, economics, social organization.

5 Catholic Social Teaching There are two important parts of Catholic Social Teaching that we need to know about for Social Justice. They are: 1. Life and dignity of the human person: Human life must be valued above all material possessions. This is the most important one.

6 2. Preferential option for the poor and vulnerable: Through words, prayers and deeds one must show solidarity with, and compassion for, the poor. “ Blessed are the poor for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”

7 Social Justice from the UN’s perspective
1. What does Social Justice mean to you in your life? 2. How do we respect every human person? Do we treat everyone with respect and dignity? 3. How do we help the poor, the needy? What things do our communities (City of Waterloo, St. David community, our class) do to help those in need?

8 Charity and Justice COMPARED. (handout)
Charity and Justice are like Two Foot Steps. What do you think this means?

9 Read pages 1-4 together in handout package
Read pages 1-4 together in handout package. In its document The Two Feet of Love in Action, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops “describe[s] how love is concretely expressed in action” by the two complimentary feet of Charity and Justice. While Charity invites us to “meet the basic needs” of our neighbors and “aid individuals in their struggles, Justice calls us to “remove the root causes” of suffering and “improve structures” to establish lasting justice.


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