The Common Good

Monks, nuns fight poverty until it hurts

Source: USA Today
Date: February 27, 2012

Liberals want the government to help the poor by taxing the rich; conservatives want the poor to help themselves, with private charities assisting when necessary.

A similarly fruitless debate plays out among religious groups, even as both sides claim moral authority for their views. Some, such as Sojourners magazine editor Jim Wallis and the religious leaders who carried a golden calf (symbolizing the idolatry of wealth) through Manhattan as part of the "Occupy" movement, focus on condemning greed and achieving social justice. Others, such as First Things Web editor Joe Carter, argue that concern about income inequality is itself a form of greed.