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Patrick S. O'Donnell

The indispensable and leading role of the State with regard to the poor and vulnerable is made clear here: http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/what-we-believe/catholic-social-teaching/option-for-the-poor-and-vulnerable.cfm

Patrick S. O'Donnell

I agree Steve, which makes the statement from the editors at National Review absolutely preposterous.

Steve Shiffrin

Patrick, it would be surprising if Pope Francis did not believe that government had a strong role to play in combating poverty. It has been standard teaching of the Church that government has such a role and that the question is one of justice, not charity. On the other hand, the Church has put its head in the sand on class conflict and maintained that the interests of labor and capital are harmonious.

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