Pope Francis speaks out frequently on the inequality between rich and poor in this world, and he challenges us to transform the economic structures and systems that have encouraged the growing gap between those who do not have enough and those whose greed blinds them to sharing with their neighbors.
“Today we also have to say ‘Thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills …. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape. Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded … the socioeconomic system is unjust at its root.” ﹣Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013, #53; 59.