option for the poor
I’m not the only one who gets annoyed at the way in which so many traditional celebrations are now crassly commercialised, or at the general coca colonialisation of Australian culture. Not that I am a traditionalist, wanting to freeze frame life “back in the day”. Cultures are dynamic, living things, and in fact I work for social transformation. I acknowledge that feeling miffed at the paganisation of Christian feasts is somewhat ironic – the way in which ‘Christmas’ is treated in popular culture could be seen as fair return for the Christian appropriation of the pagan spring festival at Easter. Yet… Read More »Remembering the dead – or why I hate Halloween
The option for the poor enjoys a significant place in Catholic Social Teaching. This paper traces the development of Church teaching in relation to the option for the poor showing how reflection on experience in dialogue with the primary sources of the tradition helped to overcome early anxieties and some extreme interpretations. It is the third in a series of articles including: What is the Option for the Poor? and The Option for the Poor in Scripture. TheOptionForThePoorInChurchTeaching.