Fratelli Tutti 25: On Conflict And Fear

Today’s paragraph and the three that follow fall under the heading of “Conflict and fear.”

25. War, terrorist attacks, racial or religious persecution, and many other affronts to human dignity are judged differently, depending on how convenient it proves for certain, primarily economic, interests.

This is accurate. People suffer indignity on many levels, even in supposedly civilized countries and, for certain, even at the very doorstep of the 1%. What is common enough for people of color even in my own nation spins from even the threat of inconvenience for those who try to hold on to some slice of wealth or power granted them by those economic interests.

What is true as long as it is convenient for someone in power stops being true once it becomes inconvenient. These situations of violence, sad to say, “have become so common as to constitute a real ‘third world war’ fought piecemeal”.[Message for the 2016 World Day of Peace(8 December 2015), 2: AAS 108 (2016), 49]

One piece would surely be the pitting of classes against each other.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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