EG 211-212: Human Trafficking And Other Matters Of Injustice

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium speaks about slavery, both the explicit sort that seems to be roundly condemned across the board, yet it still happens:

211. I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labour. Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and many people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.

Is he speaking of organized crime? It’s not just an Italian phenomenon.

Women face other issues of injustice, and it’s good to read a pope who is at least saying words to recognize it:

212. Doubly poor are those women who endure situations of exclusion, mistreatment and violence, since they are frequently less able to defend their rights. Even so, we constantly witness among them impressive examples of daily heroism in defending and protecting their vulnerable families.

The Holy Father is speaking of saints, of course.

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