2021-07-0414th SundayRev. Msgr. Michael J. Motta, D.Min.

From childhood on, we have recited the pledge of allegiance to our flag. We proclaim that it represents "one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

The ideal of equal justice was implied in the Declaration of Independence and it was embraced as a goal during the Civil War when we fought to end slavery.

The passage of labor laws, the establishment of women`s suffrage and laws to protect the disabled as well as laws forbidding discrimination are steps toward a just society.

So many are still unemployed and homeless. Our quest for justice is not ended.

The United States Catholic bishops issued a statement in 1996 entitled "Economic Justice for all: a Catholic Framework for Economic Life."

Unfortunately, very few people are aware of Catholic Social Justice teaching. Catholics are called to work for economic justice for all people.
    1. The economy exists for the person and not the person for the economy.
    2. Institutions should be judged on how they protect the dignity of the human person and support the family and the common good.
    3. The measure of our economy is how the poor and the vulnerable are faring.
    4. All people have a right to life and the basic necessities of life such as food, clothing, education, health care and economic security.
    5. All people have a right to a just wage and benefits as well as decent working conditions as well as the right to join a union,
    6. All people, who are able, have a duty to work, provide for the needs of their families and an obligation to contribute to the broader society.
    7. Workers, owners, managers, stockholders, and consumers are moral agents in economic life. Their choices enhance or diminish economic opportunity, community life and social justice.
    8. Decisions on investment, trade and development should protect human life and promote human rights especially for those in need wherever they might live on this earth.

All of economic life should recognize the fact that we are God`s children and members of one human family. A clear priority should be for the least of us.

I am proud to be a Catholic and I am proud to be an American. As President John Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country."

And our Lord Jesus Christ said; "Whatever you do for the least of my brothers and sisters you do for me."

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