Laudato Si 94: Equal Dignity

Earth from Apollo 8The encyclical letter Laudato Si is available here on the Vatican website. Goods and their ownership must reflect a constant dignity of human persons, across all economic levels:

94. The rich and the poor have equal dignity, for “the Lord is the maker of them all” (Prov 22:2). “He himself made both small and great” (Wis 6:7), and “he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good” (Mt 5:45). This has practical consequences, such as those pointed out by the bishops of Paraguay: “Every campesino has a natural right to possess a reasonable allotment of land where he can establish his home, work for subsistence of his family and a secure life. This right must be guaranteed so that its exercise is not illusory but real. That means that apart from the ownership of property, rural people must have access to means of technical education, credit, insurance, and markets”.[Paraguayan Bishops’ Conference, Pastoral Letter El campesino paraguayo y la tierra (12 June 1983), 2, 4, d]

Another CELAM conference cited, giving the Church some “practical consequences” of teaching, papal and biblical.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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