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Mind the Gap!

Examining Economic Inequality in the United States

Federal policies enacted since 1980 have exacerbated vast economic and social divides in our country. These divides are eroding the very fabric of our society. In his encyclical, Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home, Pope Francis calls us to do more than “amass information or to satisfy curiosity, but rather to become painfully aware, to dare to turn what is happening to the world into our own personal suffering and thus to discover what each of us can do about it.”

Join us as we study the U.S. wealth and income gap, the policies that can help us “mend” the gap by bringing the people at the economic margins closer together, and the gaps in access that are created by economic disparity.

Society has a moral obligation, including governmental action where necessary, to assure opportunity, meet basic human needs, and pursue justice in economic life.

A Catholic Framework for Economic Life, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops