Do we have a duty to help the poor? How do we quantify that?
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The poor have the duty to provide the basic necessities of life for themselves and their family.  I think that moral theologians say that if a man is starving and truly cannot provide food for himself, he can take food that belongs to others (who do not need it), and it is not considered to be stealing.  Certainly he does not have a right to that food.  Yet  he has a duty to take it, in these circumstances.  The poor may have the duty of taking necessary things that are offered to them, if they have done all they could to earn it themselves.

The problem is that "have done all they could" and "truly cannot provide" are interpreted very loosely today to cover all those who in reality can provide for themselves with some effort.
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Re: Do we have a duty to help the poor? How do we quantify that? - by Doce Me - 02-03-2012, 04:18 PM



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