Our Catholic faith teaches us that because people were created in the image of God, each person has an inherent and unalienable dignity. This further means that each person has a right to the conditions for living a decent life, including nourishment and a safe place in which to raise a family. The conditions for living a decent life come from a strong economy, an economy that not only generates enough resources for all, but which makes adequate resources available to all.
But we can’t focus exclusively on our own economy; one of the things we have learned from recent economic meltdowns is how interrelated the world’s economies are. NETWORK sees domestic economic problems in the context of the global picture and will continue to work at both levels for economic justice.
In order to help more people achieve the conditions for living a decent life, NETWORK is pursuing the following economic justice issues, and we continue to consider addressing poverty and its effects as one of our most important goals.
Each person also has a right to the conditions for living a decent life faith and family life, food and shelter, education and employment, health care and housing. We also have a duty to secure and respect these rights not only for ourselves, but for others, and to fulfill our responsibilities to our families, to each other, and to the larger society. -- U.S. Catholic Bishops, Faithful Citizenship: A Catholic Call to Political Responsibility.