How deformed and immoral is a society that seeks to reward the rich and punish the poor?
This new "initative" has lead me to think about the words of one of the men I admired the most in the 20th Century. I suspect everyone is thinking, Connolly or Pearse or Sands.
While I admired all these men I was thinking of Dom Helder Camara, a Brazilian Archbishop.
Many will have heard of his famous quote
“When I gave food to the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why the poor were hungry, they called me a communist.”
A man they called "The Red Bishop" because in their ignorance they believed him a Communist.
His short book, Spiral of Violence, is a must read for anyone interested in social justice.
I am a Catholic Socialist and as such I have deep interest in Liberation Theology as advanced by the late Archbishop.
This was a man who lived Catholic beliefs, he didn't just pontificate them as many in the Church did
He wished to address the underlying causes of poverty, not just putting money in a Trocaire box every lent.
Working for a more equal and fair society does not make you a Communist. Peace can only flourish in Justice's wake!