The Catholic Church Essay example

1508 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 7 Pages
It has been nearly three years since Pope Francis has been named head of the Roman Catholic Church and has subsequently become one of the world’s most popular leaders. His focus and activism on issues like helping the poor, racial equality, inclusion of immigrants and protecting the environment have inspired millions of people across the world, Catholic and non-Catholic alike. Although his spiritual leadership stems fundamentally from aspects of the core principles of the Catholic Church, they also directly echo the ethics of the social work profession, whose core values are service, social justice, dignity of the human person, the importance of human relationships, integrity, and competence. This connection has been solidified during Pope Francis’ historic visit to the United States, where he reminded his listeners of The Golden Rule, stating “Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities, which we seek for ourselves” (as cited by Dinan, 2015). His call for wide spread social transformations to help those who are the most vulnerable is powerful and inspirational to the field of social work as a whole, since the essence of the profession is “to enhance human well-being help meet the basic needs of all people, with particular attention to those are vulnerable, oppressed and living in poverty.” (Dolgoff & Feldstein, 2009 p. 8). Born Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Pope Francis’ decision to…

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