EG 189: More On Solidarity

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdaleneA bit more on solidarity. The Holy Father suggests that private ownership of goods is not an end to itself. He also says that when reforms are lacking the “generating” of new attitudes, their potential fruitfulness is doomed. Do you agree?

189. Solidarity is a spontaneous reaction by those who recognize that the social function of property and the universal destination of goods are realities which come before private property. The private ownership of goods is justified by the need to protect and increase them, so that they can better serve the common good; for this reason, solidarity must be lived as the decision to restore to the poor what belongs to them. These convictions and habits of solidarity, when they are put into practice, open the way to other structural transformations and make them possible. Changing structures without generating new convictions and attitudes will only ensure that those same structures will become, sooner or later, corrupt, oppressive and ineffectual.

Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium is available online here.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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