PREFERENTIAL OPTION FOR THE POOR
by Charles E. Curran
Solidarity from the Christian perspective involves solidarity with the poor. Contemporary Catholic social teaching considers this relationship to poor people in terms of a preferential option for the poor. In his rightly acclaimed book Option for the Poor, Donal Dorr uses this concept to describe the whole of Catholic social teaching, although he recognizes that the term itself came into common use only in the 1970s. From the very beginning Rerum novarum maintains, "Still when there is question of protecting the rights of individuals, the poor and helpless have a claim to special consideration."