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Icons from church in Egypt

Icons in a Coptic Church in Egypt

Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me de santo. Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista. – cited in Zildo Rocha, Helder, O Dom: uma vida que marcou os rumos da Igreja no Brasil (Helder, the Gift: A Life that Marked the Course of the Church in Brazil), Page 53, Editora Vozes, 2000

“When I fed the poor, they called me a saint. When I asked why they are poor, they called me a communist.” Dom Hélder Pessoa Câmara (7 February 1909, Fortaleza, Ceará, North East Brazil — 27 August 1999, Recife) was Roman Catholic Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil.

“The most common and durable source of factions has been the various and unequal distribution of property.” — James Madison (fourth President) The Federalist, chapter 10 page 58.

The Bombing of a MSF hospital in Afghanistan

This is the report from Medecin sans Frontieres

report

It is essential that this appeal be heeded

On 7 October 2015, MSF launched a call for an independent investigation by the International Humanitarian Fact Finding Commission. Although the IHFFC has made itself available for an investigation, the United States and Afghan Governments have yet to consent to this request. Consenting to the IHFFC is a critical step in demonstrating a commitment to the Geneva Conventions. Today, we are handing over this internal report to both the public and the IHFFC

Questions we should be examining, but aren’t

There are so many problems, challenges, questions with which church leaders around the world are concerned.; they see these as pressing challenges to Christendom. For example, Pope Francis, of that most conservative body, the Catholic Church, stresses these:

We can easily add many more.

Why are we not talking about these things when Christian leaders are? (Of course, that they are leaders in one way matters not. As St Paul insisted those who were supposed to be acknowledged leaders [Peter, John, James] (what they actually were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality)— Galations 2:6.

Why are these things seen as Christian problems, moral problems, in so many places, but in others seen as political, and hence something we should not talk about? It is too divisive. But these are moral questions! The lack of an intellectual and moral dimension is what I most miss. (Prudential considerations hold, of course. See Mark Twain

This is obviously written in white heat. I feel very strongly about it

I. Inequality

Interview with the Archbishop of Canterbury: The Most Rev. Justin Welby. See Interview

Q. Why is income inequality a religious issue?

A. It tends to result in the development of overmighty areas within society, and at the same time of people who are excluded and forgotten. Therefore it becomes an issue about the nature of the value of the human being, the dignity of the human being, which is a religious issue. The human being for whom Christ died is of equal value, whoever they are.

Church leaders around the world, economists, social scientists, historians ... all see inequality growing and representing one of most potent threats to peace, social well-being AND the economy. Only politicians seem to ignore it.

Here are some books I think discuss the issue thoughtfully, one from bitter personal experience.

Tim Harford is a columnist for the Financial Times, so not a fringe economist. He discusses in this first volume more inequality between countris than inequality within countries. Inequality between countries is, on the whole and with awful exceptions, decreasing. Inequality within countries is rapidly increasing.

Linda Tirado has also had an op-ed piece in the FT recently.

I reccomend to your attention

Because tomorrow needs her. The endeavour to improve the life of women by MSF

Other matters

Some comments on a recent published letter by Bishop Daniel that I find both weird and very unhelpful. See Bishop Daniel Letter

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