Quote(s) Of The Week - 8/17/18

“Pope Francis often says, ‘This economy kills.’[1] The divide between the wealthy and the poor in the United States continues to grow. A handful of billionaires are literally ‘making a killing,’ while millions who live below the poverty line are ‘making a dying,’ and very few make a fair living. Just one tangible example: without access to affordable health care, roughly ‘40 percent of Americans [take] on debt because of medical issues.’[2] 

 Father Richard Rohr, leader of the Center for Action and Contemplation in his daily reflection.  This past week, Father Rohr has been focused on the growing disparity between the “haves” and “have nots” in the USA and how this is contributing to the abyss in our dialogue as a nation.

“The Queen is dead – long live the Queen.”

‘Everyone’ from headlines to bylines to comments on the elevator, on August 16th with the passing of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul.


[1] Pope Francis outlines key economic struggles in Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), his first Apostolic Exhortation (November 24, 2013), http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html, 53-60.

[2] The Souls of Poor Folk: Auditing America 50 Years After the Poor People’s Campaign Challenged Racism, Poverty, the War Economy/Militarism and Our National Morality, https://www.poorpeoplescampaign.org/audit/, 10.

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