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Life in Christ

471

III.

H

uman

S

olidarity

1939

The principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of

“friendship” or “social charity,” is a direct demand of human and

Christian brotherhood.

45

An error, “today abundantly widespread, is disregard for

the law of human solidarity and charity, dictated and im­

posed both by our common origin and by the equality in

rational nature of all men, whatever nation they belong to.

This law is sealed by the sacrifice of redemption offered by

Jesus Christ on the altar of the Cross to his heavenly Father,

on behalf of sinful humanity.”

46

1940

Solidarity is manifested in the first place by the distribu­

tion of goods and remuneration for work. It also presupposes the

effort for a more just social order where tensions are better able to

be reduced and conflicts more readily settled by negotiation.

1941

Socio-economic problems can be resolved only with the

help of all the forms of solidarity: solidarity of the poor among

themselves, between rich and poor, of workers among themselves,

between employers and employees in a business, solidarity among

nations and peoples. International solidarity is a requirement of the

moral order; world peace depends in part upon this.

1942

The virtue of solidarity goes beyond material goods. In

spreading the spiritual goods of the faith, the Church has promoted,

and often opened new paths for, the development of temporal

goods as well. And so throughout the centuries has the Lord’s

saying been verified: “Seek first his kingdom and his righteous­

ness, and all these things shall be yours as well”:

47

For two thousand years this sentiment has lived and en­

dured in the soul of the Church, impelling souls then and

now to the heroic charity of monastic farmers, liberators of

slaves, healers of the sick, and messengers of faith, civiliza­

tion, and science to all generations and all peoples for the

sake of creating the social conditions capable of offering to

everyone possible a life worthy of man and of a Christian.

48

45 Cf. John Paul II,

SRS

38-40;

CA

10.

46 Pius XII,

Summi pontificatus,

October 20, 1939; AAS 31 (1939) 423 ff.

47

Mt

6:33.

48 Pius XII, Discourse, June 1, 1941.

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