Fratelli Tutti 99: Genuine Friendship

Inadequate understandings of universal love

99. A love capable of transcending borders is the basis of what in every city and country can be called “social friendship”. Genuine social friendship within a society makes true universal openness possible.

The model of friendship is Jesus with us. This is genuine. When we try to hoard it for ourselves, we end up in situations as described here:

This is a far cry from the false universalism of those who constantly travel abroad because they cannot tolerate or love their own people. Those who look down on their own people tend to create within society categories of first and second class, people of greater or lesser dignity, people enjoying greater or fewer rights. In this way, they deny that there is room for everybody.

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