2458 The Church makes a judgement 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, centre and goal of all economic and social
l~fe. The decisive point of the social question is that goods created by Godfor everyone should in fact reach everyone in accordance with justice and with the help of charity.

2460 The primordial value of labour stems from man himself, its author and beneficiary. By means of his labour man participates in the work of creation. Work united to Christ can be redemptive.

2461 True development concerns the whole man. It is concerned with increasing each person’s ability to respond to his vocation and hence to God’s call (cf. CA 29).

2462 Giving alms to the poor is a witness to fraternal charity: it is also a work ofjustice 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 human 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)?


Article 8

THE EIGHTH COMMANDMENT


You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.252 It was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’253 2464 The eighth commandment forbids misrepresenting the truth in our relations with others. This moral prescription flows from the vocation of the holy people to bear witness to their God who is the truth and wills the truth. Offences against the truth express by word or deed a refusal to commit oneself to moral uprightness: they are fundamental infidelities to God and, in this sense, they undermine the foundations of the covenant.

I.

Living in the Truth

2465 The Old Testament attests that God is the source of all truth. 215 His Word is truth. His Law is truth. His ‘faithfulness endures to all