Church teaching on giving priority to the wellbeing of the poor and marginalised is not a political or ideological choice; it lies at the very heart of the Gospel, Pope Francis said yesterday. Source: CNS.
The preferential option for the poor, which includes feeding the hungry and drawing close to the excluded, “is the key criterion of Christian authenticity,” he said during his weekly general audience.
The principle also would include making sure that any vaccine developed for the novel coronavirus helps everyone, he added.
“It would be sad,” he said, if priority for a vaccine “were to be given to the richest. It would be sad if this vaccine were to become the property of this nation or another, rather than universal and for all.”
During his audience, livestreamed from the library of the Apostolic Palace, Pope Francis continued a series of talks on the principles of the Church’s social doctrine as a guide for healing and building a better future, particularly as the world is struggling with a pandemic and its negative effects.
In fact, he said, a proper response to the pandemic is twofold:
“On the one hand, it is essential to find a cure for this small but terrible virus, which has brought the whole world to its knees. On the other, we must also cure a larger virus, that of social injustice, inequality of opportunity, marginalisation and the lack of protection for the weakest,” the Pope said.
“It would be a scandal if all of the economic assistance we are observing – most of it with public money – were to focus on rescuing those industries that do not contribute to the inclusion of the excluded, the promotion of the least, the common good or the care of creation.”
Making the poor a priority isn’t political, it’s the Gospel, Pope says (By Carol Glatz, CNS)