Saturday, February 27, 2021

Fratelli Tuuti - 8

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Pope Francis spends significant interest regarding the reform of the UN: in the face of the predominance of the economic dimension, a task of the United Nations will be to give substance to the concept of a “family of nations” working for the common good, the eradication of poverty and the protection of human rights. Tireless recourse “to negotiation, mediation and arbitration” – Fratelli Tuuti states – the UN must promote the force of law rather than the law of force.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Frateli Tuuti - 7

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The politics we need, Pope Francis emphasizes, is a politics centred on human dignity and not subjected to finance because “the marketplace, by itself, cannot resolve every problem”: the “havoc” wreaked by financial speculation has demonstrated this. Hence, popular movements have taken on particular relevance: as true “torrents of moral energy”, they must be engaged in society with greater coordination. In this way – Pope Franics states – it will be possible to go beyond a Policy “with” and “of” the poor.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Fratelli Tuuti - 6

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The theme of the fifth chapter is “A better kind of politic.”

It is here that we see one of the most valuable forms of charity because it is placed at the service of the common good and recognizes the importance of people, understood as an open category, available for discussion and dialogue. This is the populism indicated by Pope Francis, which counters that “populism” which ignores the legitimacy of the notion of “people”, by attracting consensuses in order to exploit them for its own service and fomenting selfishness in order to increase its own popularity. But a better politics is also one that protects work, an “essential dimension of social life”. 

The best strategy against poverty, the Pope Francis explains, does not simply aim to contain or render indigents inoffensive, but to promote them in the perspective of solidarity and subsidiarity. The task of politics, moreover, is to find a solution to all that attacks fundamental human rights, such as social exclusion; the marketing of organs, tissues, weapons and drugs; sexual exploitation; slave labour; terrorism and organized crime. Finally Pope Francis makes an emphatic appeal to definitively eliminate human trafficking, a “source of shame for humanity”, and hunger, which is “criminal” because food is “an inalienable right."

Wednesday, February 24, 2021

Fratelli Tuuti - 5

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The 4th Chapter of Fratelli Tuuti is entitled: A heart open to the world.

In this chapter we focus on the theme of migration.

Pope Francis writes with their lives “at stake," fleeing from war, persecution, natural catastrophes, unscrupulous trafficking, ripped from their communities of origin, migrants are to be welcomed, protected, supported and integrated. 

Unnecessary migration needs to be avoided, Pope Francis continued, by creating concrete opportunities to live with dignity in the countries of origin. But at the same time, we need to respect the right to seek a better life elsewhere. In receiving countries, the right balance will be between the protection of citizens' rights and the guarantee of welcome and assistance for migrants. Specifically, Pope Francis points to several “indispensable steps, especially in response to those who are fleeing grave humanitarian crises”: to increase and simplify the granting of visas; to open humanitarian corridors; to assure lodging, security and essential services; to offer opportunities for employment and training; to favour family reunification; to protect minors; to guarantee religious freedom. What is needed above all – the encyclical states – is global governance, an international collaboration for migration which implements long-term planning, going beyond single emergencies, on behalf of the supportive development of all peoples.

Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Fratelli Tuuti - 4

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Chapter 3 continues to affirm that we have the right to live with dignity and it cannot be denied to anyone, and since rights have no borders, no one can remain excluded, regardless of where they are born.

In this perspective Pope Francis calls us to consider “an ethics of international relations,”  because every country also belongs to foreigners and the goods of the territory cannot be denied to those who are in need and come from another place. Thus, the natural right to private property will be secondary to the principal of the universal destination of created goods. The Encyclical also places specific emphasis on the issue of foreign debt: subject to the principal that it must be paid, it is hoped nonetheless that this does not compromise the growth and subsistence of the poorest countries.  

Monday, February 22, 2021

Fratelli Tuuti - 3

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We find in the thrid chapter of Pope Francis' encyclical the basic Christian principle love. Here he outlines that this capacity to love according to “a universal dimension.” 

“Envisaging and engendering an open world” is what we are called to embrace. In this chapter Pope Francis exhorts us to go “‘outside’ the self” in order to find “a fuller existence in another.” We are to open ourselves up to the other according to the dynamism of charity which makes us tend toward “universal fulfilment.” 

In the background – the Encyclical recalls – the spiritual stature of a person’s life is measured by love, which always “takes first place” and leads us to seek better for the life of the other, far from all selfishness. The sense of solidarity and of fraternity begin within the family, which are to be safeguarded and respected in their “primary and vital mission of education.” 

Sunday, February 21, 2021

Fratelli Tutti 2

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The Holy Father's encyclical responds with a enlightening example, a herald of hope: the Good Samaritan.

The second chapter is entitled, “A stranger on the road.” This chapter is dedicated to the figure of the Good Samaitan. In this chapter, Pope Francis emphasizes that, in an unhealthy society that turns its back on suffering and that is “illiterate” in caring for the frail and vulnerable, we are all called – just like the Good Samaritan – to become neighbors to one another, overcoming prejudices, personal interests, historic and cultural barriers. 

In other words, we are co-responsible in creating a society that is able to include, integrate and lift up those who have fallen or are suffering. 

Love builds bridges and “we were made for love.”