Fratelli Tutti 234: Unfair Generalizations

The worst are racial slurs and inappropriate jokes. As usual, the treatment is to imagine oneself in the shoes of another:

234. Often, the more vulnerable members of society are the victims of unfair generalizations. If at times the poor and the dispossessed react with attitudes that appear antisocial, we should realize that in many cases those reactions are born of a history of scorn and social exclusion. The Latin American Bishops have observed that “only the closeness that makes us friends can enable us to appreciate deeply the values of the poor today, their legitimate desires, and their own manner of living the faith. The option for the poor should lead us to friendship with the poor” [Aparecida 398]

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