Catechism of the Catholic Church

590 Part Three 2455 The moral law forbids acts which, for commercial or totalitarian purposes, lead to the enslavement of hu­ man beings, or to their being bought, sold or ex­ changed like merchandise. 2456 The dominion granted by the Creator over the miner­ al, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be separated from respect for moral obliga­ tions, including those toward generations to come. 2457 Animals are entrusted to man’s stewardship; he must show them kindness. They may be used to serve the just satisfaction of man’s needs. 2458 The Church makes a judgment about economic and social matters when the fundamental rights of the person or the salvation of souls requires it. She is concerned with the temporal common good of men because they are ordered to the sovereign Good, their ultimate end. 2459 Man is himself the author, center, and goal of all economic and social life. The decisive point of the social question is that goods created by God for ev­ eryone should in fact reach everyone in accordance with justice and with the help of charity. 2460 The primordial value of labor stems from man himself, its author and beneficiary. By means of his labor man participates in the work of creation. Work united to Christ can be redemptive. 2461 True development concerns the whole man. It is con­ cerned with increasing each person’s ability to re­ spond to his vocation and hence to God’s call (cf. CA 29). 2462 Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal char­ ity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God. 2463 How can we not recognize Lazarus, the hungry beggar in the parable (cf. Lk 17:19-31), in the multitude of hu­ man beings without bread, a roof or a place to stay? How can we fail to hear Jesus: “As you did it not to one of the least of these, you did it not to me” ( Mt 25:45)?