The rise of popular movements around the world is proof that today’s profit-driven economic system fails to place human dignity at its center, said Cardinal Peter Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.
Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements, which was held online Oct. 24, Cardinal Turkson said there are “inequalities, lack of access to health care, cruel economic systems and that is why the (coronavirus) exposes us to many other pandemics that must be addressed.”
“They all have one thing in common: they undermine human dignity in all structures of our countries, (and) we must repair them,” the cardinal said.
Cardinal Turkson also highlighted Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship,” which he called an “appropriate and apt” response to the “inequalities and the deficits in dignity in which we find ourselves today.”
The annual meeting, which brought together participants from a variety of grassroots organizations of the poor, the underemployed, indigenous communities and farmworkers, was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.
After the meeting, organizers published an open letter to Pope Francis ahead of a Vatican-sponsored meeting Nov. 19-21 with young economists and entrepreneurs to discuss practical ways to make the global economy more inclusive and just.
The meeting, which was originally scheduled for Assisi in March, also will be held virtually due to travel restrictions caused by the pandemic.
In their letter to the pope, participants of the World Meeting of Popular Movements said the current “socioenvironmental crisis cannot be overcome within the framework of the globally hegemonic capitalist system.”
“Our intention here is to provide elements for imagining an alternative system that will overcome and eradicate the worldwide idolatry of money that structures the global economy and our lives,” participants wrote. “We need an economy centered on nature, on men and women.”
Cardinal Turkson would be a wonderful candidate for the next Pope. He understands the spirit of Pope Francis papal mission to be able to carry it into the future!