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Outline Catholic Teaching on wealth and poverty (Q1) Catholic teaching basically tells us that wealth can be used for good or evil

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Outline Catholic Teaching on wealth and poverty (Q1) Catholic teaching basically tells us that wealth can be used for good or evil. Catholic teaching does not tell us that wealth Is a bad thing . Christians are taught to earn money in a law abiding way. They are also taught that wealth is a gift from God and they should appreciate it. However some biblical teachings tell us that wealth can lead us away from God. An example of these teachings comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1723): "True happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement, but in God alone ..." Jesus taught a parable known as The Good Samaritan. In this parable there is a injured traveller lying on the floor who had been robbed and stripped. A priest sees the man and ignores him, knowing that if he was left unattended he would die, similarly a Levite saw him and ignored him as well, then a Samaritan passed by and despite the conflicts between the two Jewish groups, he took him into an inn to recover. ...read more.

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to enter heaven this is because the rich are always being tempted with material goods, this leads them to forget the poor and forget God. In the Gospel of John it is written "No one can be the slave of two masters; he will hate one and love the other; he will be loyal to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money" This teaching tells us that wealth can lead us away from God. Jesus once told a parable about the end of the world. Jesus said that he would separate the good and the bad as a shepherd separates the sheep and the goats. The good were sent to heaven and Jesus said "For I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink ... lacking clothes and you clothed me, sick and you visited me ..." The good people were puzzled and asked when they had done this, Jesus replied "As you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me." ...read more.

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Also the Catechism teaches us that "Rich nations have a grave moral responsibility towards those which are unable to ensue the means of their development by themselves or have been prevented from doing so by tragic historical events." These teachings from the Catechism tell us that the rich should give to the poor; that could mean richer nations giving to the poor, or a rich person giving to a poorer person. It always supports the Biblical teaching that we should share God's gifts. The Vatican 2 told us, "...the council asks individuals and governments to remember the saying of the Father 'Feed the dying of hunger because if you do not feed him you are killing him." We can learn from this that it is our responsibility to make sure that anyone in need of help, is helped by us, because if we do not help them then it is our fault if anything goes wrong. ?? ?? ?? ?? Ahsan Zia 10B R.E Coursework Mrs McDiarmid ...read more.

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