GeE 101: Suspicion Of Others

See the source imageSometimes the actions of others are questioned.

101. The other harmful ideological error is found in those who find suspect the social engagement of others, seeing it as superficial, worldly, secular, materialist, communist or populist.

Pope Francis seems to think the same thing about those who zero in on their cause and exclude or belittle all others:

Or they relativize it, as if there are other more important matters, or the only thing that counts is one particular ethical issue or cause that they themselves defend. Our defense of the innocent unborn, for example, needs to be clear, firm and passionate, for at stake is the dignity of a human life, which is always sacred and demands love for each person, regardless of his or her stage of development.

The operative quote from Aparecida is below, but summed up: “From conceptions, through all stages, until natural death.” It is certainly possible to specialize on some stage of life, but the key is to acknowledge that all workers are working together.

Equally sacred, however, are the lives of the poor, those already born, the destitute, the abandoned and the underprivileged, the vulnerable infirm and elderly exposed to covert euthanasia, the victims of human trafficking, new forms of slavery, and every form of rejection. [The Fifth General Conference of the Latin American and Caribbean Bishops, echoing the Church’s constant teaching, stated that human beings “are always sacred, from their conception, at all stages of existence, until their natural death, and after death”, and that life must be safeguarded “starting at conception, in all its stages, until natural death” (Aparecida Document, 388)]

Once we’ve gotten that cleared up, we can move to the separation between the haves and the have-nots:

We cannot uphold an ideal of holiness that would ignore injustice in a world where some revel, spend with abandon and live only for the latest consumer goods, even as others look on from afar, living their entire lives in abject poverty.

You can check the full document Gaudete et Exsultate on the Vatican website.

 

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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