Outline of Catholic Teaching on Wealth and Poverty

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Outline of Catholic Teaching on Wealth and Poverty Catholic teaching basically tells us that wealth can be used for good or evil. Catholic teaching does not tell us that wealth Is a bad thing . Christians are taught to earn money in a law abiding way. They are also taught that wealth is a gift from God and they should appreciate it. However some biblical teachings tell us that wealth can lead us away from God. An example of these teachings comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church (1723): “True happiness is not found in riches or well-being, in human fame or power, or in any human achievement, but in God alone …” Jesus taught a parable known as The Good Samaritan. In this parable there is a injured traveller lying on the floor who had been robbed and stripped. A priest sees the man and ignores him, knowing that if he was left unattended he would die, similarly a Levite saw him and ignored him as well, then a Samaritan passed by and despite the conflicts between the two Jewish groups, he took him into an inn to recover. This parable teaches us that we have a duty to use our wealth to help others in need. Another parable that Jesus taught is The Rich Man and Lazarus. The Rich Man had no regard for the poor Lazarus who would come to The Rich Man’s door to beg for food that had fell from The Rich Man’s table. When Lazarus died he was taken up to a feast in heaven with Abraham but when The Rich Man died he suffered great pain and asked Abraham to send Lazarus to cool his tongue, Abraham replied “Remember my son, that in your lifetime you were given all the good things, while Lazarus got all the bad things. But now he is enjoying himself here while you are in pain”. Christians learn that they will be severely punished in hell if they are ignorant towards the poor, and also we learn that it is a lot harder for the rich to enter heaven than for

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