Poverty
"The needs of the poor take priority overthe desires of the rich."

Pope John Paul II, Toronto, Canada, 1984



Preference for the poor and the promotion of justice Pope John Paul II, Vita Consecrata, para. 82

A Jubilee on Poverty Cardinal Roger Etchegaray

The Struggle Against Poverty: A Sign of Hope for Our World 1996 pastoral letter by the Episcopal Commission for Social Affairs, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops

Make Justice Your Aim Alabama Bishops on Poverty in Alabama, 1990

Poverty in the Church 1968 Medellin document by the Latin American Bishops

The Elimination of Poverty: It Can Be Done and We Want It Done 2000 message from the Bishops of Quebec

Covenant with the Poor Signed by Bishop Cormac on behalf of the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton at the Chrism mass, 26th March 1997




Being Poor in Spirit as Human Liberation By George Tissera in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2010

In search of the preferential option for 'the other' in Origen and Augustine By Damien Casey, Australian Catholic University, From Prayer and Spirituality in the Early Church, Vol. 5: Poverty and Riches, Sydney: St Paul's Publications, 2009

Blessed Are the Poor By Sarah Broscombe in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, March 2009

Christ is Present in the Poor: An Often Forgotten Look at the Diaconal Services and Offices By Udo Schmalzle, Chairman of the Conference of German-speaking pastoral theologians, in Herder Korrespondenz, Special, 2009

Blessed are the poor By Sarah Broscombe in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the British Jesuits, March 2009

Poverty, Dignity, Economic Development, and the Catholic Church By Jennifer Dirmeyer, Paolo Revelo, Walter E. Block in Journal of Markets and Morality, 2009

On Poverty with Christ Poor By Philip Endean in The Way, 2008

The Challenge to Live Simply By Christine Allen in Thinking Faith: The Online Journal of the English Jesuits, December 2008

Taking Sides with the Poor. An Experience of Insertion Communities in Madurai Province By Michaelraj Lourdu Ratinam SJ in Promotio Iustitiae, November 2008

The Poor as Christ's Sacrament: The Sermon of Paul VI in San José de Mosquera (1968) By Bernard Bleyer, teacher of religion and project consultant in moral theology at the Catholic Academy of Regensburg, in Stimmen der Zeit, 2008

Poverty, Riches and Christian Discipleship By Anne Hunt in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Summer 2008

The Dignity of the Poor and Almsgiving in St. John Chrysostom By Emmanuel Clapsis. Scroll to page 10. Theologia, a publication of the Orthodox Theology Faculty from “Aurel Vlaicu” University of Arad, July-September 2008

Theology in Public Reason and Legal Discourse: A Case for the Preferential Option for the Poor By Russell Powell, Seattle University School of Law, 2008

The Preferential Option for the Poor: An Opportunity and a Challenge for Environmental Decision-Making By Lucia A. Silecchia in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

The Poor of the Planet and the Planet of the Poor: Ecological Ethics and Economic Liberation By John Hart in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

The Necessity of Economics: The Preferential Option for the Poor, Markets, and Environmental Law By Andrew P. Morriss in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2008

Defining poverty as distinctively human By H.P.P. Lotter, Department of Philosophy, University of Johannesburg, in HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies, 2007

A Response to Global Poverty By Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, Co-Director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture, at the Point 7 Now Conference on Global Poverty co-sponsored by the Lane Center, in Urbi et Orbi, Spring 2007

Poverty and Inequality From the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, May 2007

The Rich, the Poor and the Honour of God By Joseph Nguyen Cong Doan SJ in Promotio Iustitiae, June 2007

Meeting the Poor: What Exposure-Programs Can Bring By Karl Osner in Herder Korrespondenz, 2007

Climate Change and World-wide Poverty By Johannes Muller SJ in Stimmen der Zeit, 2007

"Not Separate from the Poor": An Interview with the Chief Executive of Misereor, Josef Sayer By Alexander Foitzik in Herder-Korrespondenz, 2007

"An Ethical, not a Political Problem": A Discussion on Poor and Rich with the Social Scientist Werner Schonig By Alexander Foitzik in Herder Korrespondenz, 2007

Pope John Paul II and the “Preferential Option for the Poor” By Rev. Gerald S. Twomey, Ph.D. in Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, 2007

Harmonizing Plural Societies:  The Case of  Lasallians, Families, Schools — and the Poor By Patrick Mckinley Brennan in Journal of Catholic Legal Studies, 2007

Intellectual Property and the Preferential Option for the Poor By Thomas C. Berg in Journal of Catholic Social Thought, 2007

On Giving to the Poor: Variations on a Biblical Theme By Naomi Kritzer in Commonweal, Dec 15, 2006

Poverty and Mission By Fernando Domingues, MCCJ, Pontifical Urbanian College, Rome, 2006

Following Christ in Poverty By Tony Herbert in Promotio Iustitiae, March 2006

“Poor” Coverage: The Preferential Option for the Poor and Access to Health Care By Susan J. Stabile, Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law; Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society, 2006

Offering Alternatives to Enable Institutions to Work for the Poor By Anna Marie A. Karaos in Promotio Iustitiae, June 2005

The Struggle against Poverty: Slogan or Alibi? By Max Kupelesa Ilunga SJ in Promotio Iustitiae, June 2005

Subsidiarity and the Use of Faith-Based Organizations in the Fight Against Poverty By Susan J. Stabile, Professor of Law, St. John's University School of Law; Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society, 2005

Option For the Poor is an Option For Justice; it is Not Preferential - A New Theological-Systematic Framework for the Option for the Poor By Jose Maria Vigil, C.M.F. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2005

Stats and Stones: Vinnies' report from the trenches on the poverty wars By John Falzon in Compass: A Review of Topical Theology, Spring 2005

Below the Poor Are the Marginalised By Jaime Garralda in Promotio Iustitiae, December 2004

Christian Obligations: "The Poor You Will Always Have with You" By John Bolt in Journal of Markets and Morality, 2004

The Problem on Poverty in the Concept of the Just Society By Fernando Ponce in Promotio Iustitiae, May 2003

The Place of the Poor in the Church By José María Castillo in Promotio Iustitiae, February 2003

The Option for the Poor is an Option for Justice and not Preferential By José M. Vigil

Missio Dei and the Project of Jesus: The Poor and the "Other" as Mediators of the Kingdom of God and Protagonists of the Churches By Paulo Suess in International Review of Mission, October 2003

The Significance of Subsidiarity and Solidarity on Justice to the "Poor": Challenging Structural Adjustment Policies and Strategies in Tanzania By Linus Mbajo, C.s.s.p., September 2003

The Poor as a Person: Roots of the Roads Against Poverty By Pedro Pallares, Universidad Panamericana, 2003

Seven Principles for Catholic Law Schools Serious About a Preferential Option for the Poor By William Quigley in University of St. Thomas Law Journal, 2003

The Poor as a Person: Roots of the Roads Against Poverty By Pedro Pallares, Universidad Panamericana, at the “Formation and Renewal Conference” in the Center for Ethics and Culture at the University of Notre Dame, 2003

Does inequality matter? By Christopher Jencks, Professor of Social Policy at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, 2002

Gaps and Poverty in the Long Run By Juan Jose Llach in the Proceedings of the Colloquium on Globalization and Inequalities, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, April 2002, pp. 43-66

Globalisation, Religion and Poverty – Focus on Asia By Stan D'Souza in the Proceedings of the Colloquium on Globalization and Inequalities, Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, April 2002, pp. 129-149

Poverty as a Spiritual Challenge: Do Catholics know the Face of the Poor? By Bishop Ricardo Ramírez of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 2001

The rich are the real poor By Fr. Renato Kizito Sesana in African Scribe, May 2001

Poverty: Church joins in game of musical chairs By Sewe K'Ahenda in African Scribe, May 2001

The Moral Dimensions of Poverty, Entitlements, and Theft By Walter E. Block in Journal of Markets and Morality, 2001

A Liberation from Poverty In the Context of Redemption By Monika Hellwig in East Asian Pastoral Review, 2001

For the Sake of the Children By Dr. Don Fuchs in Perspective, November 2000

Must The Poor Always Be With Us? By Tom Giblin, SJ in Working Notes of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, May 2000

Option for the Poor Section of a Franciscan manual on justice in peace, 1999

Poverty The entire March 1999 issue of the New Internationalist is devoted to poverty

Dimensions of Poverty and the Common Good. Vincentian Chair of Social Justice, 1999. Presentations:
  • The Common Good and Urban Poverty By Dr. David Hollenbach, S.J.
  • Inequality, Unemployment and Anti-Poverty Policy By Dr. James K. Galbraith
  • The Ethical and Spiritual Dimensions of the Poor By Dr. John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.
  • Poverty and the Moral Imperative in Catholic Social Thought By Most Reverend Joseph M. Sullivan
  • Poverty in the United States, the Richest Country in the World By Sister Mary Rose McGeady, D.C.

    Chapter 9 - Structural Poverty - The Structures of Sin Chapter 9 of the book Contextual Social Theology. An Indonesian Model by J.B. Banawiratma S.J. & J. Müller S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1999

    Chapter 8 - Poverty and "Preferential Option for the Poor" Chapter 8 of the book Contextual Social Theology. An Indonesian Model by J.B. Banawiratma S.J. & J. Müller S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1999

    Chapter 11 - Poverty as Economic and Ecological Problems Chapter 11 of the book Contextual Social Theology. An Indonesian Model by J.B. Banawiratma S.J. & J. Müller S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1999

    Chapter 10 - The Culture of Poverty and the Life of Faith Chapter 10 of the book Contextual Social Theology. An Indonesian Model by J.B. Banawiratma S.J. & J. Müller S.J. in East Asian Pastoral Review, 1999

    The Poor Are My Teachers By Isauro Covilli, OFM in LADOC, September / October 1998

    Fighting poverty in Jesus' name...and with taxpayer funds? By Roy Maynard in World, August 15, 1998

    Do Poor Children Deserve Perfect Teeth? By Bill Toner, SJ in Working Notes of the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice, March 1998

    Ethics of Relief vs Job Creation Programs as a Means of Poverty Alleviation By Ben Sprunger, President, Mennonite Economic Development Association, 1997

    When We Were Poor: A Reflection on Memory and Solidarity By Margaret O'Brien Steinfels, 2001

    The Poverty Trap: What Can Be Done? From the Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice in Ireland, April 1997

    Serving the Smelly Poor: A Luxury One Should Embrace By Heather King in Commonweal, Oct 11, 1996

    Sowing Hope for the World's Poorest By Jo Marie Griesgraber in Center Focus, March/April 1996

    Poverty and Solidarity By Felipe Zegarra in LADOC, Nov./Dec. 1996

    Letters to My Brothers and Sisters By Donald J. Goergen, OP, 1996. Topics include: The Option for Solidarity with the Poor, Solidarity with the Poor, The Vow of Poverty, Dominican Poverty: A Somewhat Radical Reflection by Sister Mary Ellen Butcher, OP

    Two Notions of Poverty in the Paali Canon By Mavis Fenn in Journal of Buddhist Ethics, 1996

    What Remains of the Option for the Poor? By José María Vigil in Ladoc, Nov./Dec. 1994

    No Amnesty for Sorrow: The Privilege of the Poor in Christian Social Ethics By William O'Neill in Theological Studies, December 1994

    Ressentiment and the Preferential Option for the Poor By Patrick H. Byrne in Theological Studies, June, 1993

    Poverty in the Wasteland: The Preferential Option for the Poor By Robert V. Andelson and James M. Dawsey, in a synopsis of From Wasteland to Promised Land: Liberation Theology for a Post-Marxist World, 1992

    How Should We Think About the Poor? A Bishop Reflects By Bishop Kenneth E. Untener in Catholic Update, 1992

    Reflections on Service to the Poor By James Cormack, CM in Spirituality Today, 1991

    Good News to the Poor By Mary Ann Fatula, O.P. in Spirituality Today, 1989

    Poverty in the Laws of the Ancient Near East and of the Bible By Norbert Lohfink in Theological Studies, March 1991

    Poverty in the US Bishops' 1986 Pastoral Letter "Economic Justice for All"

    Called to be Powerless? By Ted Kennedy in The Way, 1986

    The Tension between Poverty and Possessions in the Gospel of Luke By John Sheila Galligan in Spirituality Today, 1985

    Blessed are the Poor By Jean Vanier in The Way, 1985

    To Be Poor as Jesus Was Poor By Aloysius Pieris in The Way, 1984

    The Poor Have the Gospel Preached to Them By Paul Scanlon, O.P. in Spirituality Today, 1982

    The Faith of the Poor By Joan Toohig in The Way, 1978

    The Poverty of the Gospel Community By James Walsh in The Way, 1978

    Christian Poverty By William H. Maguy in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America, 1965

    The Mystery of the Poor By Dorothy Day in The Catholic Worker, April 1964

    The Necessity for Giving Greater Attention to the Moral Condition of the Poor By Benedict Elder. Scroll to page 313. The Catholic Charities Review, December 1919

    Who is the Rich Man That Shall Be Saved? Clement of Alexandria




    Solidarity with the Poor Activities and thoughts of the Community of Sant'Egidio

    Poverty Information Sheet From the Brotherhood of St. Lawrence in Australia

    Ethics Updates: Literature on Poverty and Welfare Provides: 1. internet links relating to poverty; 2. survey of philosophical work on poverty; 3. summaries of recent articles on poverty; 4. discussion topics and term paper topics on poverty

    The Symbiosis Between Poverty and Globalization: A Need for a Critique from Political Ethics By Dr. I. John Mohan Razu, Ph.D., Chairperson of the Department of Christian Theology and Ethics and Dean of Social Research at The United Theological College, Bangalore, India

    St Vincent de Paul Society A world-wide charity that concerns itself with the poor and needy on a local and personal basis

    Christian Foundation for Children and Aging CFCA is a lay Catholic organization creating relationships between sponsors in the United States and children and elderly people in 25 developing nations around the world. When you become a CFCA sponsor, your monthly contribution provides life-changing benefits such as education, nutrition, clothing, and medical care to your sponsored friend

    Alabama Arise Coalition of religious and social organizations dedicated to passing legislation that would benefit low-income citizens of Alabama


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