We have been stressing in this course that an essential dimension of our humanness – one that is essential to our human dignity and to who we are as human beings – is our relatedness. From the moment we begin to exist, we are part of a web of relationships. Respect for the dignity of every person (including ourselves) calls for carrying out our responsibilities toward these relationships. This is what the value of SOLIDARITY is all about. This assignment calls for you to synthesize and explain (cite relevant passages but also explain in your own words) various facets of the significance of solidarity that have been presented in a number of our readings. You will need to go over these readings and “dig out” key points being made about the importance of our human connectedness.Be sure to follow the instructions for essay assignments in the Syllabus and in the Important Course Information folder. Your answer must be based ONLY on material that is posted in this course on Blackboard. Each question that calls for using a point made by Pope Francis must use a DIFFERENT point, drawn from a different section of the Pope’s message. This assignment calls for answering each question as clearly, concisely, and accurately as possible. You will be graded on the accuracty and approriateness of the content of your answers. The question has several parts. You need to answer each part, separating them clearly in your essay:
1. A principle that has received attention in Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is SOLIDARITY. This principle underlines our responsibility for our relationships/community. In approximately 100 words, explain what this principle means and involves, according to CST.
2. While solidarity includes a concern for all of our human relationships, one very important aspect of its meaning is expressed by the PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR. In approximately 100 words, explain and discuss what CST means by this principle. How is this related to the Felician value of SOLIDARITY WITH THE POOR?
3. Identify, cite, explain, and discuss one specific, important point made by Pope Francis in his 2014 World Day of Peace Message on Fraternity that deals with or relates in an important way with the meaning of SOLIDARITY.
4. Identify, cite, explain, and discuss one specific, important point by Pope Francis that deals with or relates in a significant way with the PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR