3 Responses to “Soiled by the mud of the street:” Pope Francis and the Working Class

  1. Julia Smucker says:

    I am not one to protest that helping the poor is “not the government’s job” and reduce social justice purely to private charity, nor to invoke a superficial understanding of “subsidiarity” in an attempt to contort CST to fit a Tea Party mold. Indeed, I am appalled at such rationalizations of moral negligence.

    Having said that, I wonder if this post – which makes an excellent connection between Rerum Novarum and Evangelii Gaudium – is occasionally a bit pollyannish about the role of the State, which certainly is named as a necessity in CST but is tempered by the primacy of community. Modern popes (I think of Leo XIII and John Paul II in particular) have had good reason to be wary of both individualistic and statist proposals for curing social ills.

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  2. I appreciate the glimmer of hope that Brian Corbin has given us. Hope that Pope Francis will reset the priorities of the catholic church, hope that needs of the poor and marginalized will come to the forefront, and hope that humanity will create a world in which everyone is afforded opportunities for advancement. Francis’s statement about the “… crude and niave trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power,” couldn’t have been better said. It will be fascinating to watch this story unforld. .

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  3. Jim Merhaut says:

    I always appreciate Brian Corbin’s contributions to the social justice discussions of our day! He is spot on, and his life reflects his words! He’s the reason I drink fair trade coffee.
    I’ve been pondering the similarities and differences between Francis and JPII regarding their work in the area of Catholic social teaching. I think the content is similar, but the delivery is substantially different. JPII’s believability factor was hurt by his inability to judge character. His promotion of now-disgraced men like John Corapi and Maciel Degollado, both of whom were wealthy and corrupt, makes it hard to take JPII’s commitment to the poor seriously. Francis so far seems to have none of this duplicity. I believe him because he does what he says. Nothing impresses me more in a leader than matching words with actions. “Individually and collectively, we need to make different choices, to value labor over capital, persons over things.” This year, I’m choosing fair trade clothing. Thanks, Brian!

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