Theme 3: Rights and Responsibilities
Last week we discussed how we are all interconnected through society and through our families. We learned that it is our responsibility to care for the poor among us.
This social teaching flows directly from the first two we discussed. The Church teaches that every person not only has the right to life but also has the right to human decency. What does this mean? I would ask students to give examples of things humans need to live well. Food, clothing, shelter, education, medical treatment etc.
The Church in this social teaching tells us that it is our right to have these things. Yet, it is also our responsibility to make sure everyone else does as well. I would explain that being responsible means we will be asked to answer for it. The Church tells us that God expects us to help everyone have what they need to live. Not only does He expect it, he makes it our job. We will answer for how well we did this.