Pope Francis Elevates Dorothy Day’s Call For Economic Justice

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By John NicholsTwitter YESTERDAY 5:06 PM

“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it,” preached the visionary militant Dorothy Day, who forged the Catholic Worker Movement against war, economic inequality, racial discrimination, the neglect of refugees and the mistreatment of immigrants.

When Pope Francis talked about Day before the Congress of the United States, in one of the most anticipated speeches by a religious leader in modern times, he signaled an understanding that it is necessary to move the debate about economic justice away from kind words and toward genuine deeds.

“In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints,” the pope told the assembled members of the US House and Senate, the cabinet, and the Supreme Court.

Pope Francis Elevates Dorothy Day?s Call For Economic Justice | The Nation
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This is an important take away from the Pope's speech: ...“His Holiness made it clear: when we prioritize people over profits and politics, America wins.”
 
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Pope skipped 'slave to finance' section of Congress speech by mistake, says Vatican

Pope Francis omitted a short but powerful section of his speech to Congress – in which he warned politicians not to be a “slave” to the economy or finance – because he lost his place and accidentally skipped part of his script, the Vatican has said.

The remarks could have made the assembled crowd of lawmakers a little uncomfortable, given the widely held perception that members of Congress from both parties are too beholden to special interests.
 
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By John NicholsTwitter YESTERDAY 5:06 PM

“We must talk about poverty, because people insulated by their own comfort lose sight of it,” preached the visionary militant Dorothy Day, who forged the Catholic Worker Movement against war, economic inequality, racial discrimination, the neglect of refugees and the mistreatment of immigrants.

When Pope Francis talked about Day before the Congress of the United States, in one of the most anticipated speeches by a religious leader in modern times, he signaled an understanding that it is necessary to move the debate about economic justice away from kind words and toward genuine deeds.

“In these times when social concerns are so important, I cannot fail to mention the Servant of God Dorothy Day, who founded the Catholic Worker Movement. Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith, and the example of the saints,” the pope told the assembled members of the US House and Senate, the cabinet, and the Supreme Court.

Pope Francis Elevates Dorothy Day?s Call For Economic Justice | The Nation
Yes, it's another Pope Francis thread. Deal with it.

This is an important take away from the Pope's speech: ...“His Holiness made it clear: when we prioritize people over profits and politics, America wins.”
why has this idea failed under both democrats and republicans?