Populorum Progressio 51: A World Fund

If Pope Paul VI devoted three sections to “A World Fund” to shunt military spending to human relief, it must have been a personal priority. It hasn’t really succeeded, has it: a tax on arms?

51. A further step must be taken. When We were at Bombay for the Eucharistic Congress, We asked world leaders to set aside part of their military expenditures for a world fund to relieve the needs of impoverished peoples. (Special message to the world, delivered to newsmen during India visit, December 4, 1964: AAS 57 (1965), 135 [cf. TPS X, 158- 159].) What is true for the immediate war against poverty is also true for the work of national development. Only a concerted effort on the part of all nations, embodied in and carried out by this world fund, will stop these senseless rivalries and promote fruitful, friendly dialogue between nations.

It’s more of a sacrifice and a sting to nations invested in rivalry. The US has certainly gone in a different direction, and in this century, farther and farther from this call.

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.

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