- Feb 16, 2020
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, who served as president of the U.S. bishops during the white-hot period of the American abuse scandals in 2002-2003, says Pope Francis “gets it,” but cannot have the same understanding of the repercussions as someone from a culture where it’s been as intense as here. Gregory also called for deescalating rhetoric on immigration, and for defusing the bomb before it goes off with regard to racial tensions in America.
During the Atlanta archdiocese’s Eucharistic congress in mid-June, believed to be the largest assembly of Catholics in the Southeast, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory encouraged attendees to focus on the importance of Jesus and to reflect on the Eucharist.
Those who run the soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries and welfare programs are constantly faced with the dilemma of how to help genuinely those who line up for bags of food. Is it possible that handouts not only do not relieve poverty, but they actually encourage it?