The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference has unveiled a website for “Catholic Teaching on Economic Life.”
There you’ll find podcasts, videos, key principles, policy papers, prayer resources and more.
There is also an “economic justice quiz,” which includes questions such as:
1. According to the 2007 U.S. Census, how many people in the United States live below the poverty line?” The choices are: 1.8 million; 5.6 million; 15.9 million; 26.7 million; and 37.3 million.
Want the answer? Look it up.
2. Which right of workers do the bishops not mention in Economic Justice for All, a Pastoral Letter on Catholic Social Teaching and the U.S. Economy? The choices: to safe and decent working conditions; to choose to join together to form unions and associations; to wages without dligent work in exchange; to be treated as persons, not simply as means to a profit; to fair wages sufficient to provide for their families’ basic needs.
Okay, that’s an easy one.
3. The values of my faith lead me to believe that economic choices and institutions should be judged based on (choose one): whether they help the U.S. maintain its superpower status; preventing our country’s national debt from continuing to grow; how the poor and vulnerable are faring; how well my (or my family’s) stocks are doing.
The correct answer is obvious. But how many people would really choose another one?
4. Catholic teaching affirms that the free market (choose one): is important to promoting economic freedom, but its operation must be modified when it harms vulnerable members of society; provides equal access to wealth and success for anyone who is willing to work hard; is inherently unjust and ultimately leads to the poorest getting even poorer.
Well, these questions aren’t that difficult. But, again, you have to figure that a lot of people would consciously pick the “wrong” answer.