A key word in Catholic Social teaching is “human development.” Everyone is owed the chance to develop, to be more. Social thought can get stuck thinking in terms of money, property, and education, but we really owe people a chance to pursue their happiness. This chance to develop involves resources, but it is not defined by resource amounts.
NPR has done a very good job with an educational video about t-shirt production. The video isn’t full of guilt or blame. The video is an entertaining journey through the garment industry, and it does a good job of discussing human development opportunities in Bangladesh and Columbia. I am not a big fan of NPR, but this video is good food for thought.
Pope Benedict XVI brought human development to the forefront of Catholic Social thought with his encyclical, Charity in Truth.