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The Preferential Option for the Middle Class

In the first presidential debate of 2012, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tried to outdo one another in currying favor with the middle class. Yet Catholic social teaching proposes a preferential option for the poor. Catholics are called to promote the common good of all by putting the poor front and center.

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  1. Thanks for the post, Matt. You conclude, “In response to our candidates’ lack of focus on the poor, Catholics should work to create a bipartisan consensus in favor of the poor.” Would you say more about this effort, perhaps in another post? Especially given your next statement: “A majority of Americans believe that the government should provide a social safety net (although the number is declining), so we should work to ensure adequate funding for programs that assist the poor.”

    1. I will see what I can do. I am supposed to be writing something on Vatican II over at catholicmoraltheology.com this week, but I will get to it next week.

      I was actually surprised by how slim the majority was in favor of a safety net, so probably pretty high up there on the bipartisan consensus should be convincing people how vital a safety net is!

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