• Solidarity… is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say, to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” (# 38) On Social Concern, Pope John Paul II, 1987
  • “It is imperative that no one, out of indifference to the course of events or because of inertia, would indulge in a merely individualistic morality. The best way to fulfill one’s obligations of justice and love is to contribute to the common good according to one’s means and the needs of others, and also to promote and help public and private organizations devoted to bettering the conditions of life.” (#30) Gaudium et Spes, Second Vatican Council, 1965
  • “It is not enough merely to formulate a social doctrine. It must be translated into reality. And this is particularly true ofthe Church’s social doctrine, the light of which is Truth, Justice its objective, and Love its driving force.” Mater et Magister (#226), Pope John XXIII, 1961

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