In an important op-ed in The Australian today, the IPA’s Fr. James Grant makes the case for embracing cheap energy for lifting people out of poverty:
[Pope] Francis is very concerned with the wellbeing of the world’s poor. This should be at the forefront of the minds of all Christians, driven by a moral imperative coming directly from the mouth of Jesus: “Whatever you do for the least of my brothers, you do for me.”
While all Christians will assent to such a view, practical responses are often little above the levels of a Miss Universe contestant and usually end with “the government should do something about it”.
It is time for Australian Christians to take a hard moral and theological look at their responses to world poverty, focus on the truth of the world’s situation, and support viable and practical outcomes, not wish lists with zero realistic possibilities.
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