Pope Francis (as Cardinal Bergoglio) on Social Justice


From a March 3 National Catholic Reporter profile of Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis I:

Bergoglio has supported the social justice ethos of Latin American Catholicism, including a robust defense of the poor.

“We live in the most unequal part of the world, which has grown the most yet reduced misery the least,” Bergoglio said during a gathering of Latin American bishops in 2007. “The unjust distribution of goods persists, creating a situation of social sin that cries out to Heaven and limits the possibilities of a fuller life for so many of our brothers.”

It appears from the article that the new Pope has been a critic of liberation theology and that he “has generally tended to accent growth in personal holiness over efforts for structural reform.”

Read the full article here.



  1. Which means he supports a conservative (as in maintaining the system or structures) approach to poverty

    • J,

      That does seem to be the case. However, I tend to find that even a conservative Catholic view of social justice is refreshing compared to the typical American view. That…and I am being an optimist given that it is only his first day. 🙂

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