Justice and equality are at the heart of the mission of Jesus and thus at the heart of Christianity and Catholicism. Jesus preached the coming of the Kingdom of God. In the Gospel of Luke (4:18-19), Jesus announces his mission.
“The Spirit of God is upon me, because he has anointed me
to bring glad tidings to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives
and recover of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
and to proclaim a year of the Lord’s favor.”
“Christ” and “Messiah” are both translated as “Anointed One” and that title suggests kingship.
Jesus will be a King, but not like other kings. Rather than lording it over the people, Jesus will fulfill the cultural expectation of king, which is to take care of the widow and the orphan, the anawim – the least of God’s people. Jesus’ adherence to this vision leads to His death on the cross.
The church has a rich history of social justice teaching, and has always had “a preferential option for the poor.” We envision this site to be a jumping off point for the exploration of that tradition and teaching.
Catholicsocialjustice.com. is in the early stages of construction, but welcome in for a sneak preview. New content is being added daily.