The Common Good
July-August 1999

For the Forgiveness of Debts

by Andrew Schleicher | July-August 1999

Following the story of Jesus’ path to Golgotha, 150 people gathered on Good Friday
at the U.S. Capitol for the Economic Way of the Cross.

Following the story of Jesus’ path to Golgotha, 150 people gathered on Good Friday at the U.S. Capitol for the Economic Way of the Cross. This was no ordinary Stations of the Cross; participants were not dressed in robes or early Roman armor. Instead, each person held crosses with names of Third World countries and the amounts of their international debt. As participants traveled from site to site in Washington, D.C., they called out to the world’s business and political leaders to forgive the unpayable debts of Third World nations. When the crowd reached the International Monetary Fund office building, the crosses were laid in front of the entrance. Seven participants blocked the doors and were later arrested.

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