Human dignity has always been of grave concern to those interested in the plight of all peoples especially the Catholic Church. Indeed, many of its social teachings revolve around ways in which to ensure the dignity of all human beings, with special concern for the poor. This focus is commonly known as the preferential option for the poor. For most, the belief that it is our duty as human beings to help those in need is not disputed. However, the methods to accomplish this daunting task vary widely and are hotly debated. Some believe that it is the government’s role to intervene and that this is the only way to ensure that people maintain their dignity. This view is especially favored when considering the development of poor nations. Here, the Catholic Church is certainly no exception.
Jennifer Dirmeyer, Paolo Revelo, and Walter E. Block, "Poverty, Dignity, Economic Development, and the Catholic Church," Journal of Markets & Morality 12, no. 1 (Spring 2009): 63-90