Populorum Progressio 83: An Appeal To All of Good Will

Pope Paul Appeals To All Men (and Women) of Good Will:

83. Finally, We look to all (people) of good will, reminding them that civil progress and economic development are the only road to peace.

Even those who do not believe in God have ethics, often of higher standards than many Christians. There is no reason to think believers cannot work also with such people to eradicate injustice and labor for the common good.

Delegates to international organizations, public officials, gentlemen of the press, teachers and educators—all of you must realize that you have your part to play in the construction of a new world order. We ask God to enlighten and strengthen you all, so that you may persuade all (people) to turn their attention to these grave questions and prompt nations to work toward their solution .

People of specific disciplines are singled out, teachers and journalists:

Educators, you should resolve to inspire young people with a love for the needy nations. (People) of the press, your job is to place before our eyes the initiatives that are being taken to promote mutual aid, and the tragic spectacle of misery and poverty that people tend to ignore in order to salve their consciences. Thus at least the wealthy will know that the poor stand outside their doors waiting to receive some leftovers from their banquets.

Those bothered by the role of journalists outing sex abuse and cover-up in the Church, I wonder if PP 83 was ever quoted at them?

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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