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    Betty Clermont, Laconic Lib, liz

    The Church is powerful in Argentina. If the Church wants to reduce poverty, the government cooperates.

    Or it doesn't, and the Church takes a lot of hits for opposing the government's poverty policies.

    Or no large institution can help the poor. I don't believe that, as I see education, one of the biggest businesses of both the Church and governments, reducing poverty. When the policies are correct, which is far from impossible to achieve. In at least moderate success, especially when starting with a lot of poverty and ignorance. As there is in much of Argentina, expecially in the parish Bergoglio ran on his way up.

    I'm not looking for whether a policy was "progressive" or anything else. I'm looking for whether poverty reduced or was at least better mitigated (eg. more effective affordable healtcare, not just soup kitchens). And what Bergoglio's role was in it. If active in ineffective or nonexistent policies, or inactive or opposed to effective policies, there's our answer.

    This is an objective measurement of Bergoglio's actual committment to helping the poor, rather than the complicity in poverty that superficially helps, but only just enough to perpetuate it.

    "When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro." - HST

    by DocGonzo on Sun Mar 24, 2013 at 09:32:33 AM PDT

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