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The Church, Justice and Politics

When Pope Francis recently issued his apostolic exhortation entitled Evangelii Gaudium there was an outcry from some circles, especially regarding his statements about poverty, suggesting that he stick to religion and stay out of politics and economics.  The only problem with that lament is that concern for the poor, for human rights, including the right to life, and the promotion of peace in the world is at the heart of what Christianity is all about.  The redemption that Christ brought about is not just the grace to overcome personal sin.  It is also the grace to overcome the injustices of the world.  Both dimensions will not be carried out to completion until the Lord comes again in the fullness of time,  In the meantime however we must try.

  Many may be unaware of this fact but every pope since Leo XIII in the late 1800's has made major statements regarding poverty, war, workers rights, etc. 

   Here in the US some complain that since there is separation of church and sta…