Catholic Social Teaching
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Each of us is called to do our part as consumers to ensure that the economy works for everyone. Pope Francis declared, “We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity. Rampant capitalism has taught the logic of profit at all costs, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the person… and we see the results in the crisis we are experiencing! This Home is a place that teaches charity, a ‘school’ of charity, which instructs me to go encounter every person, not for profit, but for love.”
In a world that increasingly places value on money and materialism over the person, fair trade is by its very nature person-centered and anti-exploitative. The resources below can help you explore how Catholic social teaching relates to fair trade in more detail.