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Pope’s Peace Message addresses redistribution of wealth

by | Dec 18, 2011 | Uncategorized | 1 comment

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Noting a “rising sense of frustration” at the worldwide economic recession, Pope Benedict XVI said that a more just and peaceful world requires “adequate mechanisms for the redistribution of wealth.”

The pope’s words appeared in his message for theWorld Day of Peace 2012, released on Friday (Dec. 16) at the Vatican.

The message laments that “some currents of modern culture, built upon rationalist and individualist economic principles, have cut off the concept of justice from its transcendent roots, detaching it from charity and solidarity.”

Authentic education, Benedict writes, teaches the proper use of freedom with “respect for oneself and others, including those whose way of being and living differs greatly from one’s own.”

Peace-making requires education not only in the values of compassion and solidarity, but in the importance of wealth redistribution, the “promotion of growth, cooperation for development and conflict resolution,” Benedict writes.

The pope also calls on political leaders to “ensure that no one is ever denied access to education.”

The message was presented on Friday by officials of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council of Justice and Peace. The same body published a controversial document in October blaming the world’s economic and financial crisis on an “economic liberalism that spurns rules and controls,” and calling for global regulation of the financial industry and the international money supply.


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  1. georgia hedrick

    When I was just about to graduate collage, we had to study for our ‘comprehensive exams’. I remember we decided this as a easy way to summarize history: “When the rich get richer, and the poor get poorer, then revolution is very, very close.”

    Either the very wealthy learn how to share, or we shall all be in a serious state of very real revolution. gh

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