As a bishop and then archbishop in Argentina, Francis made priests live in the Buenos Aires slums. As pope, he’s been known to attend daily mass, seated alone at the back pews, with the many domestic help that work at the Vatican.
He has literally followed the example of Christ, washing the feet of criminals, and has stroked and consoled those suffering from horrendous disease.
Pope Francis isn’t criticizing the wealthy for their money. He’s questioning the morality of ever-widening inequality and the way systems develop to shield some people’s wealth at the expense of opportunity for others. It’s a far more insightful, God-filled message than his critics are willing to hear.
Mary Sanchez is an opinion-page columnist for The Kansas City Star. Readers may write to her at: Kansas City Star, 1729 Grand Blvd., Kansas City, Mo. 64108-1413, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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