Friday, July 26, 2013

FRANCIS POINTS HIS FINGER

AT THE RICH
Johann Wagener 7-26-13

And hit a wall. The one the rich hide behind so they can't be singled out and held accountable for their sinful-irresponsible behavior. Are they listening? Highly doubtful since they spend most of their time franticly looking for ways to hoard the wealth they worship so faithfully.

It's not hard to understand why Pope Francis is speaking out. All one needs to do is visit the slums of Brazil and it's plain as day. What is even more ironic is that Francis made his speech from one of the most famous hang-outs of the rich.

“Everything that is shared is multiplied,” the pope said. “Only when we are able to share do we become truly rich. The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.”

Crowd of up to a million cheers Pope on Brazil's Copacabana beach | Reuters

During a visit to a Rio slum on Thursday morning, the first Latin American pope called for a "culture of solidarity" to replace the "selfishness and individualism" in modern society.

"No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world," he told residents of Manguinhos, a sprawling shantytown, or favela, of ramshackle brick dwellings that until recently was overrun by violence and controlled by drug lords.