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  1. Pope Francis underlined: “These [solidarity and subsidiarity] are BALANCED and well-established principles in the Social Teaching of the Church. With these two principles I believe we can take the next step from dream to action. Because it is time for action.”

    An additional clarification for the World Meeting of Popular Movements might be that the Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is not an ideology or even a movement, per se, but the negation of ideology. Pope Francis’ pairing of the complementary solidarity and subsidiarity, always together, illustrates this point.

    The entirety of the CST package also can be presented in pairs:
    Centering above all on the transcendent (!) dignity of each human person, we then have: (1) the transcendent human person AND the family, always together, (2) wider solidarity AND concrete subsidiarity always together, (3) rights AND responsibilities always together, (4) informed conscience AND faithful citizenship always together, (5) the option for the poor AND the dignity of work always together, and (6) solidarity AND sustainable care for God’s creation always together.

    Rather than slogans alone, then, CST actions are best guided by the moral principles of prudence, temperance, justice and courage.

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