The Preferential Option for the Poor by Gregory Baum (2005)
1. On what basis does Gregory argue that the Post-Vatican ll Catholic shifted from an organic view of human
society to a more conflictive view?
First occurred in Latin American Churches in 1968 - Popes and bishops realized the troubles in the South by
commercial Northern elitist
Gaudium et Spes reflected on welfare capitalism and said economic power badly influenced morals
2. Why was Pope John Paul ll so critical of a Neo-Liberal vision of globalization? What was his alternative?
He supported preferential option for the poor and defended the movement of workers for social justice (Church
of the poor)
Priority of labor over capital and that everyone was created equal (demands that labors are not objects of
Should base on two ideas: Protecting the family and themselves and protecting God's good + strong
3. How, according to Baum, should the Church's teaching on social sin in the political realm change the way that
Catholics view the Church itself?
Question of whether or not the Church can be sinful if we are to judge on the pol't realm
o Sins in service of truth/harmed unity of Christ/people of Israel/again