A Pope for the Poor: No Matter Your Religion

The latest Time magazine (Jul 29, 2013) has a well-timed article titled:  “A Pope for the Poor:  Will Francis’ Personal Humility and Focus on Poverty Help Revive the Church’s Fortunes on His Home Continent?”  But the title is much too limiting.  It is clear, the Pope wants to relieve poverty worldwide.

The principal theme of this website–“Tired Road Warrior”–is “Social Justice.”  And we have noted in a past blog entry the new direction that the Catholic is apparently taking and how other religions–like Mormonism–should follow along.  This is a great opportunity for ecumenticalism.

The Time article, written by Howard Chua-Eoan, praises the new Pope’s efforts:

A Pope for the forgotten; a Pope for the godforsaken.  And not just among Catholics:  Anglicans are thinking of a compact of churches to fight poverty, and evangelicals see Francis as a Pontiff they can deal with.

Recently, Pope Francis visited the forlorn island of Lampedusa, located off the coast of Italy:

where he preached to, among others, Muslims migrants who had braved the Mediterranean reaching for a better life.  An estimated 8,000 people entered Europe through Italy in the first six months of this year.  From 1994 to 2012, more than 6,000 other died in the attempt.  “Who wept for these people who were aboard the boat?” Francis asked in his homily.  “For the young mothers who brought their babies?  For these men who wanted to support their families? . . .  We are a society that has forgotten how to cry.”

Francis’ pushing forward an agenda aimed at improving the lot of the world’s poor has helped return to the Catholic Church–and hopefully other religions as well–to its ancient strength:  the pursuit of social justice.

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4 Responses to A Pope for the Poor: No Matter Your Religion

  1. Steven Clear says:

    I’m not sure the church’s ancient strength had anything to do with helping the poor, but I can appreciate any church practicing the compassion that it preaches.

  2. rogerdhansen says:

    I think if you go back to Christ’s message as outlined in the NT, “social justice” is a very important, if not His most important message. I think Pope Francis’ message does link back to the basic themes of the NT. Although I’m nominally Mormon, I aplaud the Pope’s message and I hope that he gavinizes world forces to help overcome the tragedy of poverty.

    • Steven Clear says:

      My mistake, I used label ‘church’ in two different contexts. The first instance of church was referring to the division of wealth between the state and the established church during the Middle Ages; both of which was derived from the poor.

      The second instance of church was referring to the idea of compassion laid out by the new testament which I should have referred to as church doctrine.

      As far as I am concerned, it is in our nature to be compassionate even if that compassion can be boiled down to self-interest. Helping others feel good and as a byproduct is beneficial to the group.

      Basically, we should not have to be told to do this because this is infused into our nature.

      • rogerdhansen says:

        I live part-time in Africa. So I personally see a real need for the Pope’s emphasis on the poor.

        While most individuals are compassionate, they struggle trying to understand opportunities. A global Christian (and non-Christian) effort to stamp out poverty should be welcomed. Hopefully it will help galvinize our “nature to be compassionate.”

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