Francis, the Bishop of Rome, has come out with a new apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, that recognises the need to resolve “the structural causes of poverty” without delay.
Everyone should ponder over these words:
Welfare projects, which meet certain urgent needs, should be considered merely temporary responses. As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems. Inequality is the root of social ills.