Pope Says Unemployment Can Lead To Sin

POPE Francis has extolled the benefits of sharing wealth with the poor, warning that “unjust” social conditions such as unemployment can lead to sin, financial ruin and even suicide.

The Jesuit pope has frequently railed about the excesses of capitalism and income disparity in a globalized world, and his message for Lent echoed those same concerns.

Lent is the solemn period leading up to Holy Week and Easter, when the faithful recall Christ’s death and resurrection. It’s a time when Christians often fast, and Francis urged the faithful to deny themselves certain things this Lent “to help and enrich others by our own poverty.”

“When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth,” he said in the short message. “Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.”

He said it’s not enough to just make charitable offerings. “”Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt,” he wrote.

While calling for Christians to actually touch poverty and make it their own, Francis distinguished material poverty or destitution from moral destitution, which he said “consists of slavery to vice and sin.”

Francis has riled some conservative Americans for his denunciation of capitalism and trickle-down economic theory, which is says is based on a survival of the fittest mentality “where the powerful feed upon the powerless” with no regard for ethics, the environment or even God.”


29 thoughts on “Pope Says Unemployment Can Lead To Sin

  1. We all sin. Does he believe wealth redistrinution helps reduve sin? Is he saying people with more are somehow responsible for the sins of people with less?

    Christian giving is about charity in the name of Jesus and has nothing to do with social justice.


      • The answer is simple. Because Jesus’ solution is to save man from his sin by “writing God’s law in man’s heart” so that charity comes from the heart not from some imposed legislation that one is forced to comply with, most often unwillingly. Social justice is often something different. It involves shoving “social justice” down someone’s throat without regards whether one accepts it or not. Whilst social justice demands that I give part of my income to support the local dole bludging person who doesn’t want to work, remember that Peter was a fisherman, Jesus a carpernter and paul a tentmaker. None of these Bible characters bludged off society in the name of social justice.


      • Don’t blame you and don’t think I was the offensive party anyway so I was just curious.

        Although we disagree on some points, I generally like your blog posts.

        The conversation on this thread is a good one.


      • ” Peter was a fisherman, Jesus a carpenter and paul a tentmaker. ”

        If you actually believe the bible surely that’s the least of what they were.
        Surely it’s more important that they preached the gospel. And while they were working as itinerant preachers how were they supported ?

        What’s more important the ministry of Jesus or the buildings he worked on ?


      • Luke 8:1-3 New International Version

        After this, Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God. The Twelve were with him, 2 and also some women who had been cured of evil spirits and diseases: Mary (called Magdalene) from whom seven demons had come out; 3 Joanna the wife of Chuza, the manager of Herod’s household; Susanna; and many others. These women were helping to support them out of their own means.


    • Why “in the name of Jesus”??
      That’s reminiscient of the food-aid that used to arrive among starving people, stamped ‘From the Peace-Loving USA’ or ‘From the People of the Glorious Soviet Union’, ‘Property of the UN’. etc.

      Charity is charity. Period.


      • You’re missing the point. Charity is charity and it’s all inherently a good thing.

        Problem I have is that when progressives claim the haves aren’t giving enough to the have-nots, they claim we aren’t fulfilling our Christian duty to ‘give until it hurts’ for the greater good of the progressive state.

        The mere notion people should give becuase sin is born of poverty is absurd, more absurd when it comes from the ‘leader’ of the biggest religious group in the world.


      • Those who don’t approve of the welfare system might put some thought into how it could be improved to discourage ‘dole bludgers’, to change the system rather than discard it. Social justice means social JUSTICE.

        As an employer offering one new job, would you rather employ someone keen to work, or someone who for ANY NUMBER of reasons, didn’t want to? What if you employ the reluctant one, and the keen one has to exist on the dole?

        Our present system could be improved, but has a far greater insight into unemployment reasons than any of us individuals have.


    • “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies” (2 Thessalonians 3:11) Or ‘The Devil makes work for idle hands.’ Rich and poor alike, the idle have time for coveting, jealousy and greed.

      But how much more of a temptation to sin when your family is going without necessities, or even what their companions take for granted. A conscientious worker can suddenly be out of work, and feel a failure. Depression leads to suicide, or to alcoholism or drugs.

      We need purpose, occupation, a living standard comparable to to those around us – and not inferiority. Is a child of God worth nothing?


      • There is no condemnation because one is out of work through no fault of their own. But the problem in modern times is that of people thinking that they are entitled to sponge off society like leeches and parasites. The Bible teaches no such thing. Adam, after being created was given the task of cultivating and maintaining Eden. That was before sin entered. The old testament in speaking of the world to come, also speaks of people beating their spears into plowshares, indicating that people will still work for a living. Unfortunately many Leftist organisations believe Utopia as a state where everyone is a bludger and the necessities of life magically appear out of thin air.


      • All from the bible

        “and they sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all, according as any man had need.”

        ” ‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.”

        “Come, you that are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me.”

        “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.”

        “When you give a luncheon or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

        “‘If any of your fellow Israelites become poor and are unable to support themselves among you, help them as you would a foreigner and stranger, so they can continue to live among you. ”

        “If anyone is poor among your fellow Israelites in any of the towns of the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not be hardhearted or tightfisted toward them. Rather, be openhanded and freely lend them whatever they need”

        ““The poor and needy search for water, but there is none; their tongues are parched with thirst. But I the Lord will answer them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them.”

        “For he stands at the right hand of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.”


  2. ,,,and I had such high hopes for the ‘Man in White’. —->

    “Pope Says Unemployment Can Lead To Sin”
    ….simply a reprise of:- “Idle hands do the devil’s work?”


      • Coveting, jealousy and greed? I think the idle rich might be a big part of the problem.

        Sin, such as theft and cheating the system, is more obvious in the poor. You must be kidding if you think the wealthy are all innocent.

        But he wasn’t talking only about sin, but also about financial ruin and suicide.


      • Hey Strewth,

        I was trying to make the point that the Pope didn’t seem to be having a go at idle hands per se. More the problem of unemployment.


      • Yes Bubba, that is the point. My post in reply to Old Things R New
        has caused a misunderstanding. Sorry.


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