Obama to Visit Pope, Discuss Income Inequality

Posted: Jan 21, 2014 6:35 PM
Obama to Visit Pope, Discuss Income Inequality

President Obama will visit Pope Francis for the first time on March 27 during a visit to the Netherlands, Belgium and Italy.

According to a White House statement Tuesday:

The President will continue on to Vatican City on March 27 to meet with His Holiness, Pope Francis. The President looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality.

In the present age it is easier to become a billionaire than to escape poverty according to NYU professor and Firebrand Partners founder Scott Galloway on Bloomberg Tuesday. While explaining who should be responsible for the poor, Galloway turned to the words of the Pope:

The Pope had this very interesting paper written on the idolatry of money. When we rely on the largess and the generosity of our riches it just doesn’t work out. There are some exceptionally philanthropic people...but at the end, of the day governments and societies have to have an ethos around being more generous and helping the poor. Look at the narrative, when we talk about giving money to the rich we talk about growth. When we talk about giving money to the poor we talk about the moral hazard of them not working.

The writing Galloway mentioned is the apostolic exhortation. The Pope explains in the text:

In this Exhortation I claim only to consider briefly, and from a pastoral perspective, certain factors which can restrain or weaken the impulse of missionary renewal in the Church, either because they threaten the life and dignity of God’s people or because they affect those who are directly involved in the Church’s institutions and in her work of evangelization.

A government cannot be run like a church body. As Katie pointed out earlier, under the Obama administration the gap between the rich and poor has increased.

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