In the Church's social doctrine "there is a very significant fruit of the long journey of the People of God in modern and contemporary history : there is the defense of religious freedom, of life in all its phases, the right to work and to decent work , the family, education ... " .
There is, in short, "an
integral vision of the human" as opposed to the "culture of
waste", a society of efficiency at all costs, which tends to violate human
dignity, " irrepressible, non-disposable for any power or ideology. "
was Pope Francis' message this morning to a delegation from the Dignitatis humanae Institute led by
Cardinal Renato Raffaele Martino .
- he observed - in our time, so full of so many hopes and achievements , there
are powers and forces that end up producing a culture of waste , and this tends
to become the common mentality . The weakest and most fragile are real victims
of this culture - the unborn, the poor , the elderly, the sick, severely
disabled ... - who are likely to be " discarded ", expelled by a
system that must be efficient at all costs . This fake model of
man and society implements a practical atheism by denying the fact of the Word
of God that says: ' Let us make man in our image, after our likeness ' ( cfrGen
1:26) . "
"Instead , if we let
ourselves be questioned by this Word , if we allow it appeal to our personal
and social awareness, if we let it question our ways of thinking and acting,
policies , priorities and choices , then things may
change. The force of this word sets limits to anyone who wants to become
hegemonic, abusing the rights and dignity of others. At the same time , it
gives hope and comfort to those who can not defend themselves , who have no intellectual
and practical means
to affirm the value of their suffering , their rights, their lives. "