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Catholic Relation to Poverty the Essay

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It is also recorded that the first utterances of Jesus in the public was that where he proclaimed that he had been anointed to preach the good news to the poor. In that public speech, Jesus also gave a warning to the rich that they have already received their consolation. In a parable, Jesus also warned his followers against greed and the reliance on riches when he narrated the story of the man who had his life taken away from him when he tried to secure wealth for himself (O'Brien & Shannon 71). The story of Lazarus and the rich man is also used as a warning against excessive riches. The pope John Paul II used this parable as a warning to the rich and prosperous. He warned them not to be blind to their great poverty despite their numerous possessions.

The Roman Catholic Church has adopted practices pertaining to poverty with the most common being the vow to poverty. According to St. Thomas, poverty has no goodness in itself. However, it is good in the sense that it helps to remove the hindrances that are found in the search for spiritual perfection. According to the Catholic Church, poverty is therefore not a virtue on its own. The results that emanate from poverty are the ones that are glorified and promoted. It is practised under a vow and those who practise it publicly admit to having taken the vows. This vow of poverty therefore forms a critical part of the rituals of the Catholic Church (Caffara 93). Missionaries and priests give up their advantages and possessions voluntarily and devote their entire lives to the service of God. The renunciation of private property, by catholic priests and missionaries, was introduced by the Frias Minor in the year 1260. It was then enhanced by the other founders who established groups…… [Read More]

References:
Caffara, Carlo. Living in Christ: Fundamental Principles of Catholic Moral Teaching. San Francisco::

Ignatius Press, 1987, Print