The Decline Of The Roman Catholic Church Essays

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Social, political, and economic changes have significantly affected the history and rise of income security globally. As society has developed and transformed, approaches to addressing poverty have changed as well. Throughout history, the Roman Catholic Church largely influenced social welfare through the delivery of church-based poor relief. Poor relief “encompass[ed] all forms of aid, charity, and public assistance to the poor” (Kidd, 2005). The goal of poor relief was “to provide a safety net by which the poor could maintain a bare subsistence” (Kidd, 2005). There are many methods of delivering assistance to the poor, and often the church and state have held conflicting views on the matter. The Roman Catholic Church’s approach in addressing poverty had both strengths and weaknesses, changing as society transformed and progressed throughout history. First, the Roman Catholic Church delivered poor relief through charity and mercy prior to and during the Reformation; second, the Roman Catholic approach shifted to include institutions and church-run programs in connection with charity during the Age of Enlightenment and the Industrial Revolution; and third, the Roman Catholic Church began to accept government intervention during the creation of the welfare state. Although the creation of the welfare state has significantly changed how income security is delivered today, historically the Roman Catholic Church played a large role in the delivery of poor relief.
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