Populorum Progressio 44: Duties For Wealthy Nations

And there are three, the first two are economic, but all of them involve some ethical standards for the betterment of the world:

44. This duty concerns first and foremost the wealthier nations. Their obligations stem from the human and supernatural brotherhood of man, and present a three-fold obligation:

  • 1) mutual solidarity—the aid that the richer nations must give to developing nations;
  • 2) social justice—the rectification of trade relations between strong and weak nations;
  • 3) universal charity—the effort to build a more humane world community, where all can give and receive, and where the progress of some is not bought at the expense of others. The matter is urgent, for on it depends the future of world civilization.

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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