This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

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Against stigmatizing the poor with stereotypes

Next we must also fight the often vindictive attitude directed toward the poor, as if they were a class to be openly chastised. It would not be difficult to cite numerous passages of scripture that respect, rather than resent, the poor for their poverty—that show pity rather than patronization and condescension. In fact we get the impression from any survey of Christian teaching that the traditional sentiment was precisely the opposite of today: in the past it was the poverty which carried signs of holiness along with it, and which seemed to symbolize, even if it did not realize in the individual, the life of Christ. Now, judging by the words and actions of a significant number of individuals, it seems that to be poor is to be automatically guilty of vice, and, as a natural correlative, it is the wealthiest in society who are automatically considered virtuous, and this in proportion to the amount of wealth they accumulate. It is necessary, then, to do away with a few of the common stereotypes that have grown up alongside this reversal of esteem in the Christian attitude toward poverty.[1]

[1] Economic Justice for All, 193.

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