All people to share the benefits
Despite the year-2000 Jubilee call for redistribution and inclusiveness, recent decades of global economic expansion have created a privileged group into extreme wealth with a concurrent entrapment of peoples and communities living in conditions of extreme poverty. Global political and economic systems and structures have largely disregarded the calls for the restoration of justice, reconciliation among all humanity, welcome of the stranger, or cancellation of debt burdens. Within the inextricable maze of poverty and of abundance of global resources, the gap between rich and poor continues to grow.
We have a vision that all persons, with special awareness of women and girls, ought to share in the economic, social and spiritual benefits of our global wealth. This conviction rests on Judaic-Christian Scripture, Catholic Social Teaching, the UDHR, and the universal ethical code to treat others as you yourself would like to be treated.
Good Shepherd's response to economic justice is to express solidarity with those who are consigned to live in conditions of extreme poverty. The approach is to listen to their experiences, accompany them, develop holistic programmes to serve their needs, and support the contributions they make toward alternate policies. Good Shepherd works to increase its capacity to understand the dynamics of global economic exclusion so as to advocate effectively for economic improvement and social transformation. Aware of our own wealth and privileges, we perceive this as a call to personal and communal conversion. We also understand that there is a prophetic call to stand against the systems and structures of economic injustice.
Good Shepherd stands with all persons of good will who seek to eradicate poverty and support economic justice.