Golden Nugget ‘Joy of the Gospel’ Sept 6

“No to an economy of exclusion. Just as the commandment ‘Thou shall not kill’ set 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 news when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown out while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes from the law of competition and the survival of the fittest, when the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape….Exclusion ultimately has to do with what it means to be part of the society in which we live; those excluded are no longer even part of it. The excluded are not the ‘exploited’ but the outcast, the ‘leftovers'”(53)

Thoughts for the day: do you see gross inequality of wealth as a problem or sin? Do you agree that powerful feed upon the powerless? Do you agree that many people think that they are not even worthy of being considered by the elite of society? Are there any events in the news today that point to what Pope Francis is talking about in the above paragraph.

Food for thought. I just read an interview from the CEO of Home Depot. He said that he is considering not giving any more money to charity, if Pope Francis continues to point out flaws in how the modern day economy works.



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