Father Stefan reflects on Pope Francis ‘Joy of the Gospel’ Some Challenges in Today’s World

Pope Francis writes, “No to an economy of exclusion. Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shall not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two point.”

A report that was recently released said, the richest 84 people in the world have the combined wealth of half of the world population. Pope Francis writes, “In this context, some people continue to defend trickle down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, and native trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized working of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor.”

Pope Francis defended himself with this simple image. Trickle down theories presuppose that as you pour water into the cup, water will over flow to the poor. Francis said what actually happens is that the cup of the rich simply gets larger and larger. The wants of the rich simply get bigger and bigger. 

“The Culture of prosperity deadens us; we are trilled if the market offers us something new to purchase. In the meantime all those stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us.”



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