During his catechesis, the Pope pointed to another social evil revealed during the pandemic: the social gap created by an economic evil.
A few rich people, a small group, own more than all the rest of mankind. This is pure statistics. It is an injustice that cries out to heaven! At the same time, this economic model is indifferent to the damage inflicted on our common home.
Pope Francis warned that nature is at its limits due to the sin of wanting to own and dominate it. In fact, the Pope noted that human beings do not have Creation. Rather, they are stewards called to make it fruitful. These fruits, Pope Francis insisted, belong to everyone.
When the obsession with owning and dominating excludes millions of people from having primary goods; when economic and technological inequalities are such that the social fabric is torn apart; and when dependence on unlimited material progress threatens our common home, then we cannot stand idly by and watch. No, it is distressing. We cannot stand idly by and watch.
This is why the Pope criticized egoism, which transforms homo sapiens into a species of homo oeconomicus – individualist, calculating and dominant. Rather, he asked that people use these times of crisis to change and improve, so that no one is missing.
After this crisis, will we continue with this economic system of social injustice and contempt for the environment, Creation and our common home? Let’s think about it.
Finally, the Pope invited the faithful to think also of the millions of children who are dying of hunger and who cannot go to school due to a poor distribution of wealth. He expressed his hope that the circumstances of so many needy children will help us understand that we need to emerge from this crisis as a better society.