a non-Marxist way to serve the Poor

The Church, as “communio” of believers, is at the service of humanity with the word of God, with the sacrificial offering of its life-giving salvation and with the demonstration of the being-for-others of Christ in the diaconate* for the poor, for the disinherited, and for those to whom dignity and justice are denied.

Of decisive importance, in the Council, are the philosophical-anthropological categories of person, dialogue, and communication. The significance and importance given to the one to whom God communicates himself lies precisely in his being a person, and, more precisely, in his being a person inserted corporally-materially into the space of history, society, and culture.

Now, without the Church advancing any totalitarian claim on society - because it acquires its identity by means of faith in Christ and clearly distinguishes itself from other orientations of faith and other religions - it nonetheless follows that it - and with it every ecclesial community and every individual Christian - precisely on the basis of the faith must take on its responsibility for human society as a whole, exerting itself in the areas of the world of work, of the international economy, of social and individual justice, of peace in the world and so on.

-Cardinal Muller, prefect of the CDF, in his assessment of the Theology of Liberation

*note the use of the word diaconate in this fashion..how curious

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