The Pope has a twitter account and uses it most days. On April 27 he issued this tweet:
Hmmm. Tweets are especially unsuitable for papal pronouncements since they have no room for context, nuance, explanation, citation, etc, all the hallmarks of most papal statements prior to the current papacy.
Taken by itself PopeWatch thinks the tweet is not accurate. If the Pope said that sin is the root of all social evil, or Original Sin is the root of all social evil, PopeWatch would readily agree with him, but inequality?
Inequality among humans is inevitable. Governments may attempt to lessen the natural inequalities that exist from birth among all the Sons of Adam and the Daughters of Eve, although then new fields for inequality are created between those with enough guile, or votes, to manipulate government power to their advantage, and those who lack such resources, since a government capable of lessening inequality is usually able to increase inequality for those it deems “more equal than others” in Orwell’s phrase.
When it comes to inequality, PopeWatch prefers this statement by Mr. Lincoln, during the Lincoln-Douglas debates, about the phrase “all men are created equal” in the Declaration:
“I think the authors of that notable instrument intended to include all men, but they did not intend to declare all men equal in all respects. They did not mean to say all were equal in color, size, intellect, moral development, or social capacity. They defined with tolerable distinctness in what respect they did consider all men created equal – equal with “certain inalienable rights, among which are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” This they said and this they meant. They did not mean to assert the obvious untruth that all were then actually enjoying that equality, nor yet that they were about to confer it immediately upon them. In fact, they had no power to confer such a boon. They simply meant to declare the right, so that enforcement of it might follow as fast as circumstances should permit.”
True equality means that we stand equal before the law, just as we are all assuredly equal before the eyes of God. To vest in a government the power to go beyond that is to create a new master for all, rather than to create absolute equality for all.