Target: Pope Francis
Goal: Commend Pope Francis for comments in support of food preservation and the poor
The new Pontiff of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis (I), has already made waves by giving eloquent expression to tenets that the Church has held for centuries but are rarely emphasized by Roman Pontiffs. In contrast to some of his predecessors, Francis has placed special emphasis on the plight of the poor, the disenfranchised, and the politically impotent. Recently, Pope Francis took the occasion of World Environment Day to express contempt for the profit motive in the sales of foodstuffs. Said Francis: “We should all remember, however, that throwing food away is like stealing from the tables of the the poor, the hungry! I encourage everyone to reflect on the problem of thrown away and wasted food to identify ways and means that, by seriously addressing this issue, are a vehicle of solidarity and sharing with the needy.” The Pope went on to speak poignantly on how in modern society, a homeless man starving to death is a statistic, while a “ten point drop on the stock market is a tragedy.”
This is not the first time Pope Francis has ruffled feathers. He has recently emphasized inclusivity by stressing that atheists can be good people as much as Christians. This stance has a complement in Francis’ many statements about the poor and disadvantaged, including his most recent comments on World Environment Day. The Catholic Church has long been criticized by the left for holding fast to its socio-political dogmas while ignoring its own teachings on social justice and economic fairness. However, the current Pope has gone to great lengths to place emphasis upon the social justice element that is so crucial to Catholic (and, more widely, Christian) dogma. Please sign the petition below to applaud the Pope’s statements and commend his stance in the Catholic Church.
Dear Pope Francis:
I am writing to applaud your recent comments on World Environment Day. I support your comments about the shortsightedness of modern society, about the value of the poor and weak to society, and about how wasting food is tantamount to stealing from the poor and hungry. While you may have ruffled some conservative feathers for your common sense and theologically sound statements, I stand by your stance on poverty, food conservation, and social justice.
Thank you for serving as an inspiration to believers and nonbelievers alike for your progressive ideas about economic and social justice. I appreciate your stance and thank you for your endeavors to provide a voice for the weakest and poorest among us.
[Your Name Here]
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