The Theology of Solidarity


I’ve been asked to speak about the concept of solidarity and its theological significance. Accordingly, in this paper (please see the links below) I intend to do three things: firstly, to offer some notes on the history of the term solidarity in society and in the Church, drawing primarily on the writings of Pope John Paul II (which go beyond what Paul VI taught in Populorum Progressio – “Development of the peoples” (1967)), secondly to relate the concept of solidarity to the ministry of Jesus of Nazareth; thirdly, and far more briefly, to draw on the thought of St. Paul and incarnational theology in general to show how central and how potentially fruitful this idea is both for social engagement by the Church and for understanding Christian faith.

The Origins of the Concept of Solidarity

Solidarity in the thought of Pope John Paul II

Solidarity According To Solicitudo Rei Socialis

Solidarity as Outlook and Activity

Solidarity As Mutual Obligation And Shared Effort

The Contribution Of The Church Community

Solidarity As A Christian Virtue

Christ’s Life Of Solidarity

Solidarity With The Poor And Rejected

The Kingdom of God – Solidarity That Knows No Bounds

God Is With Us – On The Cross

Questions to explore

Father Rob Esdaille