Pope Francis (as Cardinal Bergoglio) on Social Justice

 

From a March 3 National Catholic Reporter profile of Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I:

Bergoglio has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least,” Bergoglio said during a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007. “The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

It appears from the article that the new Pope has been a critic of liberation theology and that he “has generally tended to accent growth in personal holiness over efforts for structural reform.”

Read the full article here.

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