This is a brief input that I gave at a forum in Parramatta a few years ago. It remains a challenging issue especially as organisations, including faith-based not for profits, are trying to do more with fewer paid staff in the wake of the GFC.
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.