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“So-called charity, with its implicit assumptions of high and low, is no remedy to injustice, but its willing accomplice. Charity allows the privileged the opportunity to buy the silence of their consciences for a few coins (with the added bonus of much to-do being made of their philanthropy)–rather than wrestle with why, in a world of plenty, they wallow in pampered luxury through no particular virtue of their own, while most of the world is in rags, starving, and living in shacks. Jesus advised the rich man to sell everything he had and give it to the poor. The numerous charities operating under his name ever since have set a significantly lower standard.”

Peter Kropotkin, narrater in “The Watch” by Dennis Danvers

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/religion/pope-visits-romania-20-years-after-john-pauls-historic-trip/2019/05/31/6c5eb55c-835f-11e9-b585-e36b16a531aa_story.html

This is what he has to say in it that I think pertains to all societies:

“Only to the extent that a society is concerned for its most disadvantaged members, can it be considered truly civil.”

Keep that in mind when some Libertarian, anarcho-capitalist or other right-wing lunatic says that society is supposed to be looking out for the rich and powerful.

Also keep note that the Catholic Church’s definition of “most disadvantaged” does not include LGBTQ or women.