A Timely Tract…on Social Injustices – PrayTellBlog

While many Catholic Christians mind their own business, the injustices suffered by migrant workers, the gross discriminations against black men and women (even at times within the walls of Catholic churches), economic oppressions of all sorts…violent vigilante antics based on the principle that might is right, etc., go on, with hardly a prominent Catholic voice raised in protest. I know of a recent instance where a priest did preach on social justice in one of our largest cities, and he shielded himself behind abundant quotations from Quadragesimo Anno (Pope Pius XI’s encyclical on social teaching).  The priest received a letter from a prominent parishioner, a most faithful church-goer, who told the priest he should stay with the preaching of religion and not meddle in economics, otherwise she would attend church elsewhere after this, and she was even ready to tell the pope the same if he did not mind his business better! Now, before we go any further, and regardless of how you feel about the anecdote I just shared, let me share my source.  Because, the above are not my words.  These words were written 85 years ago, and appeared in a prominent Catholic journal.  The journal is Orate Fratres (now Worship).  The author is Fr. Virgil Michel, OSB.

A Timely Tract…on Social Injustices – PrayTellBlog

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