Populorum Progressio 29: Balanced Progress Required

29. We must make haste. Too many people are suffering. While some make progress, others stand still or move backwards; and the gap between them is widening. However, the work must proceed in measured steps if the proper equilibrium is to be maintained. Makeshift agrarian reforms may fall short of their goal. Hasty industrialization can undermine vital institutions and produce social evils, causing a setback to true human values.

As long as “measured steps” aren’t an excuse for tiptoeing around white privilege, I’d say plan carefully then full speed ahead.

This encyclical letter is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana, and can be found in its entirety at this link.

The image is of Lady Justice at the Central Criminal Court of London. CC BY 2.5, Link

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