Social justice. Are we listening?

ACCU and the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the domestic anti-poverty organization of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, are partnering to facilitate resource exchanges between colleges and universities and CCHD staff in local dioceses. In this blog post, Ralph McCloud, the Executive Director of CCHD, writes more about how the mission of CCHD and Pope Francis’ teaching on social justice. If your campus would like to make a connection with local CCHD groups, please view the ACCU website.

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A word cloud from the social encyclical of Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate. A word cloud from the social encyclical of Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate.

It seemed not long ago that Pope Francis set off a firestorm of controversy around the question of social justice. That seems to have died down now. Of course, he keeps speaking, but are we really listening?

If you weren’t paying attention, you may have missed a classic Pope Francis moment last week. Speaking on the anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate, Francis called for “deep reforms” in our economic and public life.

One would have thought that after a speech in which he once again called for “redistribution of wealth” and “redistribution of sovereignty”, there would have been controversy to follow. Instead there was uncanny silence.

He also had harsh words for poverty and inequality, saying that inequality threatens to erode our democracies. He ended his speech with a heartfelt…

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