Your daily Letter to the Editor — December 16, 2013
It seems obvious that Alan Groseclose (“The pope doesn’t get it,” Dec. 7 Pick of the day) has not read the pope’s statement about economic inequality.
Pope Francis has not advocated an end to the free enterprise system nor the adoption of socialism. Instead, as pastoral leader of the world’s Catholics, he advocates something more basic: that we consider what life is for and how the Gospel should shape our economic practices.
And yes, he is not an economist, but neither was Jesus, thank God. Yet Jesus had much to say about money and the false god of wealth. Indeed, every minister should be urging his or her flock to think seriously about how the Gospel should shape every aspect of life, private and public.
When accumulating private wealth seems to be the ultimate value for many, when America’s great middle class is stagnating and slipping backward, when the gap between wealthy and poor increases daily, when few meaningful jobs that pay little more than a minimum wage are being created, and when many live in obscene luxury while scorning the poor as lazy, perhaps serious Christians ought to listen to the pope and ask how their faith informs their economic practices.
William R. Klein