THE CALL TO SOCIAL JUSTICE
In a recent interview, Toronto’s new Catholic Archbishop Thomas Collins said he plans to make social justice themes a priority during his tenure. That’s good news. Because over the past 10 years Catholic bishops in Canada (with some exceptions) have been too timid in articulating the causes of poverty, homelessness, and income inequality.
Archbishop Collins explained that too often Catholic leaders are called upon to comment only on such issues as reproductive rights or same-sex marriage. He added that the Church’s voice must be heard on social justice issues like poverty. "There has to be that immediate reaction. If someone is hungry, we feed them. If someone is homeless, we house them," he said. "But we also need to look at the root causes of those sorts of things. Are there policies of the society that could be changed?"