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Outline the Catholic teaching on Wealth and Poverty.

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Part (a)(i) Outline the Catholic teaching on Wealth and Poverty In this part I will be outlining the teachings of the Catholic Church on wealth and poverty using extracts from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the events and words of Jesus' life, which support the issues of Christian teachings. Christians are taught that money and possessions are not evil but if people start to worship them instead of God they can be dangerous. It says that: 'True happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement, but in God alone...' - (CCC 1723) This means that you can only be happy in a relationship with God and that Catholics shouldn't need money to be happy, all they need is God. The word of God that is told through the bible expresses the importance of not becoming obsessed with money, as you cannot take it with you to heaven when you die. ...read more.

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We show that we are generous in sharing what we earn with the less fortunate. Again through the Bible, God's words are expressed. This can be seen in the example of The Widow's Wife: 'Jesus sat down opposite the place where people made their offerings to the Temple in Jerusalem. After watching many people put large sums of money into the treasury Jesus saw a poor widow putting in 2 small copper coins. Jesus told his disciples that she put more in than the others since they had given to God out of their wealth but she had made her offering from her poverty.' Even though the woman didn't have much money, she still shared what she had and didn't keep it for herself even though she needed it. She gave everything she had, thus making herself poor. All Christians have a duty to help people in need whether in Britain or abroad as everyone is our neighbour. ...read more.

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The whole point is to give these poor people love and care, give them a sense of purpose in life, because they have never experienced it before. This is what God would like us to be like, and maybe if more people were like this, some parts of the world wouldn't be so underdeveloped and poor. In conclusion, the Catholic teaching on wealth and poverty can be summarised as: 1. Moneys and possessions become evil if they are worshipped more then and before God. We should worship God and God only. 2. Stewardship is the duty of looking after something for someone. We are looking after wealth, because it is a gift from God, we should share it among each other and help the less rich and fortunate than ourselves otherwise God will become unhappy with us. 3. As Christians we should help all our neighbours, weather here in Britain, or abroad. It is our duty to do so. To be good and faithful Christians like God wanted us to be we should learn to try and follow these instructions in every day life. John Vaye ...read more.

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