Why would the world listen to us?

This evening, when I googled “God hears the cry of the poor, I got this among other things: a piece titled “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”  The sub-heading, just beneath the by-line, says this:

This month the Holy Father prays that international attention towards the poorer countries may give rise to more concrete help, in particular to relieve them of the crushing burden of foreign debt.

My first thought was to wonder how much of that debt the Vatican could pay off by liquidating even a quarter of its wealth.

My next thought was about how easy it is for me to villify an institution as large and wealthy as the Roman Catholic Church.

Why would any of us (who consider ourselves followers of Jesus) expect anyone else to listen to our platitudes of “how the world ought to behave” when we continually refuse to lead the way in such behavior?

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