Think and Act Anew: How Poverty in America Affects Us All and What We Can Do about It

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A call to action that challenges government, business, and individuals to reexamine poverty in America and to devise new, sustainable solutions.

In Think and Act Anew, Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, asserts that poverty in America can be reduced or eliminated only if we take a fresh look at "the poor" and understand that there are as many causes of poverty as there are people. Looking at the lives of the millions of people who rely on Catholic Charities ...

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Overview

A call to action that challenges government, business, and individuals to reexamine poverty in America and to devise new, sustainable solutions.

In Think and Act Anew, Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, asserts that poverty in America can be reduced or eliminated only if we take a fresh look at "the poor" and understand that there are as many causes of poverty as there are people. Looking at the lives of the millions of people who rely on Catholic Charities agencies for their basic needs, like housing, food, and healthcare, Snyder shows how the recent economic meltdown has affected Americans from every walk of life.

Think and Act Anew also includes portraits of those who have fallen into poverty, such as a Tucson family that lost everything in the mortgage crisis and a life-long construction worker from Little Rock now on food stamps. It also includes examples of individuals, organizations, and local governments who are taking a new look at how we serve the poor, such as a celebrity chef in Washington, D.C., who uses his talents to feed the hungry and to train them for jobs in the food industry, and innovative programs like the Harlem Children's Zone.

Snyder draws on Catholic social teaching-particularly Pope Benedict XVI's Caritas in Veritate-that declares the inherent dignity of all human beings and maintains that charity and justice are the core principles on which economic decisions must be based.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781570759048
  • Publisher: Orbis Books
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword: Bringing Catholic Social Thought (Back) to Life E. J. Dionne, Jr. 7

Preface 17

Reflections on Caritas in Veritate 21

1 Rebuilding an America for Everyone 23

The Gospel Challenge and America's Poor 24

How the Church Is Responding 28

2 The Faces of the Poor Are Familiar 31

Who Are the Poor? 35

The New Poor 37

"We've Never Had to Ask for Help Before" 40

Defining Poverty 42

3 The Dignity and Importance of Each Person 43

Human Dignity-The Heart of Catholic Social Teaching 45

Human Dignity and the Economic Crisis 47

4 Charity and Justice: How We Live in Relationship to Each Other 51

The Bible on Charity and Justice 53

Social Justice-What Does It Mean? 56

5 The Common Good and Free Markets: In Service to Humanity 61

Finance as an Instrument of Development 64

Fortunes at the Bottom of the Pyramid 67

6 Think and Act Anew

Hybrids-New Models of Business Enterprise 70

B Corporations 73

6 A Nation That Cares for Everyone: What We Ask of Our Government 75

A New Measure of Poverty 79

Not All Poor People Are Equal 81

7 Acting Anew: Innovative Programs from the Nonprofit Sector 89

Some Model Programs 90

The Challenge of These Programs 112

8 To Think and Act Anew 113

The Christian Mandate 114

Our Faith Is Profoundly Social 116

Appendix A Centennial Recognition Program Award Winners of Catholic Charities USA 124

Appendix B Ideas from Catholic Charities USA Regional Summits 131

Suggested Resources 140

About the Author 144

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    This is a great addition to the literature available on the Cath

    This is a great addition to the literature available on the Catholic ideals and values on service to those living in poverty. While not officially an introduction to Catholic social thought, it can serve as a good introduction.

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