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Outline Catholic teachings on wealth and poverty The Catholic Church bases its teachings on wealth and poverty on their interpretations of various scriptures

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a)i) Outline Catholic teachings on wealth and poverty The Catholic Church bases its teachings on wealth and poverty on their interpretations of various scriptures. In the Old Testament there are plenty of occasions when God gives people laws that make it clear that they are to care for the poor and treat them with justice. Examples of these are: 'If you lend money to one of my people...'(Exodus 22: 21-22,25) and 'When you reap the harvest of your land...' (Leviticus 23:22). Both these extracts are at the centre of the Catholic teachings and values on world poverty today and the way in which people should help. The New Testament also has a very prominent place for its concern for the poor and needy. Many people in the time in of Jesus believed that wealth was a sign of blessing and that the rich should be respected because God had rewarded them. ...read more.

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I think that this is the most important and significant of all the different varied teachings, which have been referred to since the Bible began. Through charities and organisations, the Catholic religion involves itself in helping the poor and needy and working to remove unfairness, discrimination and exploitation in any form from society, to create a world in which God wishes us to have. This is often gone about just by following the Bible's views and the ways in which various scriptures have described going how to do so. Jesus wanted to help the poor and saw them as equals, unlike most people of that time. His lifestyle signifies this all and also shows that money is not everything and this is how he taught with words and actions that it is wrong to live a comfortable lifestyle and enjoy luxuries when there are poor people in need. ...read more.

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It is when people have the wrong attitude to money that wealth can lead them away from God and helping themselves and others. Loving God involves keeping the commandments and the commandment that refers to wealth and poverty is that they are to love God and love their neighbour. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus showed that this commandment means that they must help anyone who is in need or trouble whether they live next door or far away. So Catholics are taught that they must share their wealth with the poor. Through many organisations and charities, Catholics are able to help those in need whether they are in the same country or developing countries. The important belief that makes Catholics charitable and wanting to help those in poverty is the fact they are taught that when they ignore those in need, they are ignoring Jesus in need. ?? ?? ?? ?? Rosie McLaren ...read more.

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