The Catechism describes oppression as an inherent condition of original sin and something that Catholics are called to help alleviate: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc/para/2448.htm
2448 “In its various forms - material deprivation, unjust oppression, physical and psychological illness and death - human misery is the obvious sign of the inherited condition of frailty and need for salvation in which man finds himself as a consequence of original sin. This misery elicited the compassion of Christ the Savior, who willingly took it upon himself and identified himself with the least of his brethren. Hence, those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a preferential love on the part of the Church which, since her origin and in spite of the failings of many of her members, has not ceased to work for their relief, defense, and liberation through numerous works of charity which remain indispensable always and everywhere.”
Paraphrasing the dictionary definition from verb to adjective form, people are oppressed when they are:
“[burdened] with cruel or unjust impositions or restraints; [subjected] to a burdensome or harsh exercise of power.”
Ideally looking outside of your own group or identity, (just to stretch your brain a little), who in the world meets this definition? How do they meet it? Specifically who might be what our Church has in mind in its reference to “unjust oppression?”
The poor are one obvious and specifically named group. Anyone else?