Pope Francis: Don’t run away from the needy — Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

VATICAN CITY — A culture of “comfort” often leads people to become closed in on themselves, Pope Francis said today, as he called on believers and people of good will to take personal responsibility for the needs of their neighbors instead of “running away.” The Pope’s appeal came at the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter’s Square, as he continued his final series of catechesis…

via Pope Francis: Don’t run away from the needy — Aleteia.org – Worldwide Catholic Network Sharing Faith Resources for those seeking Truth – Aleteia.org

Addressing the poverty in our communities begins with each and every one of us and ends in the community of the human family. Solidarity and Subsidiarity on the most effective and most just methods to care for the poor. Each of us needs to look out side our very doors and work with our neighbors to secure the well being of the poor and the vulnerable. This is out duty as Americans; our national values reflect a spirit of generosity and self-sacrifice at all levels of society where each person does his part, such as he is able, to assist his fellow citizens in their difficulties. This is our duty as human beings who affirm the inherent dignity of man and the necessity that each human person receive the dignity they are due, regardless of their situation.

The American Solidarity Party supports a decentralized social net, funded and supported by the integral efforts of both the private and public spheres to affect a truly authentic and free relationship between members of the community according to their perceived needs. Poverty needs to be addressed from the bottom up, not the top down. The local communities and the states have better knowledge of the needs of their poor and vulnerable so they should have the power and resources to organize and form programs according to their unique situations. There are some things that will be common to all due to their broad necessity such as housing and food, but such commonalities should not restrict localities from creating partnerships and grassroots movements to address any issue in the community. Only through such Solidarity and Subsidiarity can we ever hope to accurately address poverty.

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