We inspire and motivate Catholics across the Netherlands to support people all over the world in living a dignified life . We do this by linking communities in the Netherlands and elsewhere and by raising funds in the Netherlands, where our Foundation is based. We are the mission and development organisation of the Catholic Church in the Netherlands. Our work is inspired by the Gospel of Christ.
We use the term ‘Human Person’ to refer to all dimensions of humanity, including spiritual, mental, corporeal and socioeconomic.
We believe that all humans were created by God, in His image and after His likeness. This gives every individual an inherent dignity and renders us brothers and sisters to each other. The principle of the Common Good (bonum commune) arises from the dignity, unity and equality of all humankind. Our communal life must serve the Common Good in order to reach its most profound meaning , and we must each use the earthly goods granted to us for this purpose. This means solidarity between people is an important mission: it is through collaboration that people can commit themselves to fostering human dignity and promoting the Common Good. These initiatives merit support and subsidiarity. The Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church summons us to undertake activities toward the Common Good and guides us in helping people to live their lives in dignity.
Building on communities
We are working together (through subsidiarity and solidarity) on building unified communities (again, as part of the Common Good), in the Netherlands and worldwide, irrespective of its members’ religious affiliations, in which everyone is given the opportunity to achieve their full potential, leading to a dignified life. We do this with respect for each other’s dignity, rights, and responsibilities. Inspired by the Gospel and Catholic Social Doctrine, we are working within these communities on two dimensions: the development of a personal relationship with God, and care for our fellow human beings.
In order to be able to support projects which help us to achieve this mission and vision, we raise funds and encourage communities across the Netherlands to follow suit.
Catholic Social Doctrine
The Foundation’s vision is based on the Four Principles of Catholic Social Doctrine:
• The Dignity of the Human Person;
• Solidarity among the Global Human Family;
• Good Practice and a Fair Distribution of Resources (i.e. wealth and property; the Common Good);
• Giving people the opportunity to work on a dignified, fair society (i.e. subsidiarity).
We believe the Dignity of the Human Person comes first. We believe that all human beings are created through the love of God, giving each of us the right to be valued and seen, and that each individual should be given the opportunity to develop their potential.
Since we all need one another in this development, solidarity is one of the key principles of the Social Doctrine. Our solidarity consists of our responsibility for one another as one global family. As human beings, we have the moral duty to assume this responsibility where necessary and appropriate. We are building a community together in which everyone is given the opportunity to develop their full potential, with respect for each other’s dignity, rights, and responsibilities.
In order to be able to accomplish this, people must treat their property with a sense of responsibility. The Common Good (bonum commune) is an important element of the Catholic intellectual heritage, referring to the fact that people’s property should benefit the wider society. If the bulk of the property is owned by only a small group of people, it can never benefit the common good.
In order to be able to put the written principles of Catholic Social Doctrine in practice and give them meaning, the principle of subsidiarity is all-important. This means that responsibilities should be delegated at the local level as much as possible: this way, people can develop their individual talents as fully as possible and are challenged to become actively involved in building their communities.