Populorum Progressio 32: A Task for Everyone

Don’t think that Pope Paul VI was totally for peaceable movement, no matter how long it took. He does use strong adverbs in stating that correcting wrongs simply must occur:

32. We want to be clearly understood on this point: The present state of affairs must be confronted boldly, and its concomitant injustices must be challenged and overcome. Continuing development calls for bold innovations that will work profound changes. The critical state of affairs must be corrected for the better without delay.

When a person can lead and set an example, they need to do so:

Everyone must lend a ready hand to this task, particularly those who can do most by reason of their education, their office, or their authority. They should set a good example by contributing part of their own goods, as several of Our brother bishops have done. (Cf., for example, Emmanuel Larrain Errázuriz, Bishop of Talca, Chile, President of CELAM, Lettre pastorale sur le développement et la paix, Paris: Pax Christi (1965).) In this way they will be responsive to (human) longings and faithful to the Holy Spirit, because “the ferment of the Gospel, too, has aroused and continues to arouse in (tThe human) heart the irresistible requirements of (human) dignity. (Gaudium et Spes 26)

I think everyone has a role to offer, no matter how small and seemingly insignificant.

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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