Economic Justice

Poverty

Option for the Poor

The economy must serve people and the all of creation not the other way around. The moral test of a society is how it treats its most vulnerable members. The poor have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of the nation. We are called to look at public policy decisions in terms of how they affect the poor. The "option for the poor," is not an adversarial slogan that pits one group or class against another. Rather it states that the deprivation and powerlessness of the poor wounds the whole community. The option for the poor is an essential part of society's effort to achieve the common good. A healthy community can be achieved only if its members give special attention to those with special needs, to those who are poor and on the margins of society. Learn more about Catholic Social Teaching.

Issues we track to promote economic justice

  • Domestic and International Funding for Poverty-Focused Programs
  • Money in Politics
  • Pentagon Spending
  • Socially Responsible Investing and Divestment

CMSM Resources:

Webinar: Toward a More Just Economic System