A quote from an address a few years ago concludes the Holy Father’s brief thoughts on subjection and self-contempt:
53. We forget that “there is no worse form of alienation than to feel uprooted, belonging to no one. A land will be fruitful, and its people bear fruit and give birth to the future, only to the extent that it can foster a sense of belonging among its members, create bonds of integration between generations and different communities, and avoid all that makes us insensitive to others and leads to further alienation”.[Address to Authorities, Civil Society and the Diplomatic Corps, Tallinn, Estonia (25 September 2018): L’Osservatore Romano, 27 September 2018, p. 7]
Let’s keep in mind that we are discussing any possible expression of human community. Pope Francis is likely referring to the larger worldwide systems involving global politics and multinational corporations. But what he preaches is also true for families, neighborhoods, workplaces, schools, and parishes.
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