By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Friday May 12, 2017 at 4:18 PM PST | Comments Off on Pope Francis’s Failure to See Entrepreneurs as Good Samaritans Undercuts the Poor
On April 25, a videotaped talk by Pope Francis was released at the international TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. The 18-minute talk, titled “Why the Only Future Worth Building Includes Everyone,” can be viewed here. Francis highlighted three themes, beginning with the observation that community is central to human existence: [L]ife flows through our...
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By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Thursday August 25, 2016 at 11:06 AM PST | Comments Off on Why One in Five Americans Are on Government Assistance (in One Image)
More than 52 million people in the United States, 21 percent of the population, participate in major means-tested government assistance programs each month, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. More than 80 federal programs dole out roughly $1 trillion of benefits and services to low-income people annually (see the amazing image above from the...
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By Lawrence J. McQuillan | Wednesday January 8, 2014 at 2:55 PM PST | Comments Off on Judge the Pope’s Exhortation by Results, Not Rhetoric
Pope Francis recently urged all people to have greater compassion for the poor. And to his credit he emphasized the moral imperative of helping to reduce poverty around the world. Unfortunately, the approach advocated by Francis would result in more human suffering, not less. In his strongly worded apostolic exhortation “Evangelii gaudium” or “The...
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