This past week he spoke on hunger and food shortages. Here's a bit of what he said. "My thoughts turn toward the situation of millions of children, who are the first victims of this tragedy, condemned to an early death or to a delay in their physical or psychic development, or forced into forms of exploitation just to receive minimal nutrition," he said. The pope said the cause of such hunger cannot be found only in technical developments such as production cycles or commodity prices.
"Poverty, underdevelopment and, therefore, hunger are often the result of selfish behaviors that, born in the human heart, manifest themselves in social life, economic exchange, in market conditions and in the lack of access to food," the pope said. "How can we be silent about the fact that even food has become the object of speculation or is tied to the course of a financial market that, lacking definite rules and poor in moral principles, appears anchored to the sole objective of profit?" he said. The pope said the United Nations' own studies show that global food production is able to feed the world's population -- which makes the situations of hunger all the more unjust. The international community often limits its food assistance to emergency situations, he said. Instead, he told the experts, it needs to address the problem with long-term strategies that consider the human dimension of development and not just economic benefits.
Do you think that there are things that we can do locally that will trickle up to a global level? Since he spoke of there needing to be an emphasis on family farms, which will help alleviate some of the more frantic and frenetic actions of people desperate for food. Desperate things like selling off their farms to greedy agribusiness who will only exploit the region.
Answer by Dr.Donna at 10:16 AM on Jul. 9, 2011
Wow beeky - actually Catholic Relief Services delivers a HUGE amount of humanitarian aid to combat hunger and illness, not to mention what individual parishes do - like my own who sponsored three wells to be dug in Africa, works with farming organizations, supports a ministry in Jamaica and sends college kids to build homes in Appalachia every summer, among other charitable works. The Pope does personally donate, as does the organization as a whole.
Answer by Dr.Donna at 7:47 AM on Jul. 6, 2011
This whole discussion just goes to show how much bias there is against the Catholic Church. The Pope is asking us to take care of hungry people and he's getting back-lash over it. It's clear this man can saying nothing without engendering hatred. Catholics don't think he's perfect, so I'm not sure where non-Catholics get the expectation that he should be.
And if people were really, honestly taking the recommendations of the Church to heart, birth control wouldn't be an issue, nor would the spread of disease because people would only be having sex with their spouse. Blaming the Church for not supporting the use of condoms in situations where the Church says sex shouldn't be happening at all is ridiculous. Why listen to the Church about condoms but ignore the other aspects of responsible sexual conduct?!?
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