69 – We are all equal, everyone! When this is not acknowledged, society is unjust

‘You will be like gods’ (Gen 3:5). When Eve fell into the temptation proposed by the serpent in the Garden of Eden, there were immediate and disastrous consequences for our first parents: expulsion from Paradise, loss of supernatural and preternatural gifts, and a life of suffering. The pretension of being ‘equal to God’ was the cause of all the evils that exist in the world. This same temptation is repeated in man’s interior even today. The illusion of not having superiors incites man to believe that tranquility comes from a total equality of wealth, position and responsibilities.

The Church, as a Mother, has never been indifferent to the needs of the poorest. Institutes of charity, born of her inexhaustible bounty, were dedicated not only to feeding those in need, but even more, to making them feel loved and appreciated. The Church has always instructed the prosperous to practice generosity, using their wealth to assist their neighbor. This concern of the superior for the inferior created mutual esteem and harmony between the different social classes, classes that were not closed in on themselves, but rather in continuous relations. Those benefited were thankful for the help received from the wealthier, and desired their prosperity, while the latter, in turn, were moved to grant more favors due to the affection and gratitude expressed. In conclusion: where fraternal love reigns, justice exists, for everyone receives what he deserves. And where justice exists, solid peace is established. However, a fraternal love whereby some sacrifice themselves for others can only come from the love of God. On the contrary, when everyone wants to be equal, egoism reigns and we are led to ask: what is the true cause of injustice? What does the Church teach regarding social equality? Is radical equality really the solution to obtain peace?

Francis

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Teachings of the Magisterium

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I – Inequality is willed by God Himself
II – Christian charity flourishes within inequality
III – The effects of unnatural and compulsory equality


I – Inequality is willed by God Himself


Sacred Scripture

God has designated diverse functions within the Church
‘You always have the poor with you’
The whole body builds itself up in love

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Diversity and inequality in created things are the intention of God Himself

Benedict XV

‘He himself made both small and great’ for the advantage of individuals and the community

Pius XI

It is not true that all have equal rights in civil society
True social order comes from a strong bond between the various members

Pius X

To preserve the diversity of classes is an attribute of a soundly constituted State

Leo XIII

Inequality of rights and power emanates from the God, the Author of nature
Socialists proclaim total equality of man; the Church recognizes inequalities
Most repugnant to reason: to endeavor to confine all within the same measure, to attempt complete equality
Society cannot exist or be conceived of without differences and inequalities of condition

Catechism of the Catholic Church

The ‘talents’ were not distributed equally – differences belong to God’s plan

Saint Therese of Lisieux

Perfection consists in doing God’s Will, not in aspiring to equality

II – Christian charity flourishes within inequality


Benedict XVI

The Marxist reproach of charity in the name of ‘justice’ is mistaken

John Paul II

Only love brings about unity in diversity - a society without classes is a utopia

John XXIII

Whoever denies the differences among social classes contradicts the very laws of nature – whoever opposes their peaceful cooperation divides human society
All classes should regulate their mutual relations in accordance with the principle of Christian brotherhood

Benedict XV

Brotherly love is not calculated to get rid of the differences of conditions and therefore of classes

Pius XII

Inequalities of culture, wealth, social position that have origin in the very nature of things are not an obstacle for an authentic spirit of community and fraternity
Differences between men are ordered when there is fidelity to God

Pius X

To consider every inequality as an injustice: is not Catholic

Saint Catherine of Siena

God made things with differences so that men are able to show love for their neighbors

III – The effects of unnatural and compulsory equality


Benedict XVI

The socialization of means of production left behind a trail of appalling destruction

John Paul II

Collectivism does not do away with alienation but rather increases it, adding to it a lack of basic necessities and economic inefficiency

John XXIII

Erroneous ideologies attempt to sow discord between social classes
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8 thoughts on “69 – We are all equal, everyone! When this is not acknowledged, society is unjust

  1. Remember too that Pope Francis sent a tweet from his verified Twitter account declaring, “Inequality is the root of social evil.”

  2. There are a lot of opportunists in the Church. Why else would anyone not say a word about this rubbish of looking after earthworms when christians are being slaughtered in the middle-least? Wonder where our american bishops stand…

  3. Dear Fathers, I think this is perhaps one of your best posts.
    Perhaps you should consider making a collection of your more significant posts and putting them together in a more visible place on your front page – that way people like me who have found your website recently can have easy acess to your best pieces without having to read through all (which many may not have the time to do.

  4. That’s it – he is a Communist. That cross with the bolivian guy was no mistake.
    Thank you for your courage in putting his doctrine clearly before all.

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