Populorum Progressio 31: More On Reform

31. Everyone knows, however, that revolutionary uprisings—except where there is manifest, longstanding tyranny which would do great damage to fundamental personal rights and dangerous harm to the common good of the country—engender new injustices, introduce new inequities and bring new disasters. The evil situation that exists, and it surely is evil, may not be dealt with in such a way that an even worse situation results.

We also know that without firm insistence on rights, justice, equity, and fairness, the 1% is drastically unwilling to cede power if they don’t have to do so. That said, I do lament that more movements don’t stick to the plan of non-violent non-cooperation. There is too much invested in big corporations and their profits for them to tolerate short-term disruption. The violence would certainly come, as it did in India, but it would be on the part of the rich and powerful.

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

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

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