The Bishop should educate himself. This whole concept of social justice being the shared purvue of the state and the Church is incredibly destructive and will eventually lead to a state run church. Personally, I do not believe that a self serving politician (is there any other kind?) is actually capable of performing a charitable act. If indeed charity begins with God the credit is God’s also. I think that Pope Leo addressed some of this in 1881 ? in his encyclical.
And one of the scariest things about this man is that he’s named Peter.
One Of These Men Will Be The Next Pope
Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson
Position: President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Likelihood: Highest odds according to Paddy Power: 2/1, which seems way high to us even though he is a very strong candidate.
What His Election Would Mean: That the Cardinals recognize the future isn’t in Benedict’s Europe but in the explosive growth of the Church in the “global South”
Reasons He’ll Get Elected: He is a superstar in the College of Cardinals, a great communicator, and symbol of the global reach of the Church.
Reasons He Might Not Get Elected: The Catholic Church in Africa can be very disconnected from the Church that the majority of the European Cardinals live in. In Africa the top issues aren’t sexual politics and theological disputes, they are exorcism, animism, the growth of Islam, and condemnation of Western economic policy.
IMO, the tacit ceding of welfare programs to gov’t by Religion, especially Christians, has seen a loss of religious influence in society, to our detriment.
Government is incapable of “fairness”, as it is amoral, at best. It blindly supports evil as well as good. Only the “church” has (had?) the tools & incentive to affect the poor in a positive, lasting way.