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The Pope on Inequality and Unfettered Markets

By Sam Pizzigati

In plain yet powerful language, Pope Francis is challenging the givens of our deeply unequal world — and helping inspire resistance to it.

A new exhortation from Pope Francis offers a wide-ranging condemnation of the economic gaps that divide us.
A new exhortation from Pope Francis offers a wide-ranging condemnation of the economic gaps that divide us.

Sometimes you don’t have to say anything “new” to make news. Consider, for instance, the “apostolic exhortation” the Vatican released last Tuesday.

This statement from Pope Francis, observers note, didn’t really break any bold new theological ground. But the Pope’s exhortation, the first all his own since he stepped onto the world stage last March, still made front pages the world over — and fully merited all that attention.

What makes this new papal statement so significant? No global religious figure has likely ever before denounced economic inequality with as wide-ranging — and as accessible — an assault.

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