July 19, 2019 | 93° F

Sanchez right to say faith, socialism not contradictorty ideals

Letter to the Editor

Thank you to Jose Sanchez for his thoughts on faith and socialism. Indeed, as he insists, they need not be in contradiction. In fact, nothing in Christianity needs to be in contradiction with anything, which is authentically good and true.

The core of Pope Francis's mission is to enable people to encounter the truth as embodied in the person of Jesus Christ. There is no Left or Right with regard to the truth, there is only a degree of relationship. That is, when one encounters the truth does one accept or reject it.

Following Pope John Paul II, Pope Francis accords no absolute value to either socialism or capitalism, but only to what guards the dignity and freedom of the human person. For both of them, the proclamation of the truth is one way to do that because they believe Jesus's words in the Gospel of John, "you will know the truth and the truth will set you free."

Finally, just a gentle correction here, the Pope didn't join,"the Catholic Church decades ago." He was born into it and his proper name is Francis, not Frankie.

Brother Joseph Donovan is the Director of the Catholic Center at Rutgers University.

Brother Joseph Donovan

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