Today, we’ll look at the fifth topic of chapter ten, Disciples and Missionaries in Public Life.” Advocates for a narrow view of what it means to be Pro Life will be disappointed to find Pope John Paul II cited for his advocacy of the preferential option for the poor:
501. The disciples and missionaries of Christ must illuminate with the light of the Gospel all realms of social life. The preferential option for poor, rooted in the Gospel, requires pastoral attention devoted to the builders of society.(Cf. Evangelium Vitae 5) If many contemporary structures produce poverty, it is partly due to the lack of fidelity to their gospel commitments on the part of many Christians with special political, economic and cultural responsibilities.
For deeper examination, an English translation of the 2007 document from the Aparecida Conference.