Rights and Responsibilities form another foundational theme of Catholic Social Teaching. Every right has a corresponding duty.
Human beings cannot maintain their own rights without respecting and protecting the rights of others. As St. James says, “If a brother or sister has nothing to wear or has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,’ but you do not give them the necessities of the body, what good is it?” (2:15-16). Join our discussion with George Horton, director of social and community development at Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New York, and Diane Zbasnik, director of the Diocesan Social Action Office at Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland.