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Explain what the Roman Catholic Church teaches and believes about Prejudice and Discrimination.

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Jaimes Charles Religious Education Coursework - Prejudice and Discrimination. Skill AO1 - Explain what the Roman Catholic Church teaches and believes about Prejudice and Discrimination. Roman Catholics are supposed to take their views from the bible, therefore when I make a statement about their attitude I will try to back up my claim from the bible: God's people including Roman Catholics have a special responsibility to treat people of other races or colour in the right way, for in the bible it says; ("Do not ill-treat foreigners who are living in your land. Treat them as you would a fellow-Israelite, and love them as you love yourselves. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God (Levictus) 19:33-34") Roman Catholics believe no one should look down on anybody else because of their status in life and all should be treated equally. ...read more.

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Jesus often taught that Gods kingdom was open to everybody. It did not matter whether or not you were Jewish. What mattered was how you responded to Jesus' invitation to Gods kingdom. Roman Catholics and Christians would apply this teaching to whether a person was black or white. They believe that everyone is equal as it is said in Pacem in Terris 86 "Truth calls for the elimination of every trace of racial discrimination ".Roman Catholics believe Prejudice and Discrimination is wrong. In 1965 the Roman Catholic Church made a statement saying that Prejudice and Discrimination was wrong, 'with respect to the fundamental rights of the person, every type of discrimination...is to be contrary to Gods intent'. What this means is with respect to people, every type of discrimination is to be forgotten Jesus teaches that everyone is your neighbour. ...read more.

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In 1968 a white man called James Earl Ray shot Martin Luther King dead in Memphis, he was only 39. The example of Martin Luther King is a colour issue because as you have read above, black people were treated very badly and were discriminated against in a very bad way just because they have a different colour of skin. You could compare the black people who were treated badly to leprosy sufferers in the time of Jesus. In the bible it says how the lepers were sent away and left on there own in an isolated area where they were cut off from the rest of the world and were treated badly. Jesus went to the leprosy sufferers houses and healed them and this suggests to me that Jesus treated everyone the same and thought as everyone whether a different colour, race or gender completely equal. ...read more.

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