“Charity will never be true charity unless it takes justice into account...let no one attempt with small gifts of charity to exempt themselves from the great duties imposed by justice.”
(Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, #49);
Care and Concern
Charity, or outreach, responds to an immediate need. It provides direct service such as food, clothing or shelter. Often a private and individual act of caring, it is directed toward the effects of social injustice. Charity is satisfying and is generally non-controversial
Scriptural reference - Good Samaritan story
The gospel story does not attempt to survey the causes of highway banditry. The samaritan provides temporary and immediate relief.
Themes From Catholic Social Teaching
Dignity of the human person
Community and the common good
Rights and responsibilities
Option for the poor
Dignity of work
Care for God’s creation
Scriptural reference - Exodus story
Moses does not ask for food and medicine for the Jewish slave-labor force. He challenges the institutional system.