Fratelli Tutti 103: Liberty, Equality and Fraternity

Remember the French motto? I wonder how it plays in Latin America? Pope Francis discusses a bit …

Liberty, equality and fraternity

103. Fraternity is born not only of a climate of respect for individual liberties, or even of a certain administratively guaranteed equality. Fraternity necessarily calls for something greater, which in turn enhances freedom and equality. What happens when fraternity is not consciously cultivated, when there is a lack of political will to promote it through education in fraternity, through dialogue and through the recognition of the values of reciprocity and mutual enrichment? Liberty becomes nothing more than a condition for living as we will, completely free to choose to whom or what we will belong, or simply to possess or exploit. This shallow understanding has little to do with the richness of a liberty directed above all to love.

My small quibble here is about education. People must have a desire to be formed intellectually. What is so often missing are concrete experiences of communion. Many parents are ill-equipped even if they are not perpetrators of abuse and bullying. Mutual enrichment is a foreign thing to many parents who see themselves as entitled where their children are concerned. Reciprocity is an excellent teacher. 

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