What’s the Criterion of Christian Authenticity?

By what means ought we and others be judged as being authentically Christian?  Is it appropriate to mix political choices with one’s faith? These are some of the key questions on the minds of all who are making decisions about the daily choices in their own lives as well as in the lives of their nations.

Drawing on Catholic Social Teaching, Pope Francis offers his wisdom on these matters: “Giving priority to the well-being of the poor and marginalized is not a political or ideological choice; it lies at the very heart of the Gospel”, Pope Francis said at his weekly general audience in Rome on 19 August.

He went on to say “The preferential option for the poor, which includes feeding the hungry and drawing close to the excluded, is the key criterion of Christian authenticity”.

You are invited to read more about this audience and watch a short video: