Tuesday, November 26, 2013
An Apostolic Exhortation
This morning I read that Pope Francis has issued an "apostolic exhortation". This is the first time I have ever heard of such a thing. I don't remember anyone else ever issuing an apostolic exhortation before. I wasn't sure what it meant, but it sounded important. An exhortation is emphatically urging someone to do something.
As I read in the news report, he is urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality. Among other things, he addresses the "idolatry of money" and asks that politicians work to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare".
It sounds to me that he is speaking of Biblical Christianity (is there any other kind?). It seems some leaders over the last 2,000 or so years have strayed from those basic values.
Something to think about during Thanksgiving.
p.s. Senator Bernie Sanders has had some things to say about this, too. See, I'm in good company!