By Anna Von Reitz
For many generations the Doctrine of Scarcity has been enshrined in the politics of the Roman Catholic Church. It has been a core teaching of the Church that the poor are blessed and that there is something precious and noble about the suffering of poverty, starvation and deprivation of all kinds.
Being poor was thought to be a virtue, indeed, a necessity of virtue.
Everything related to a healthy human life-- the need to eat and drink and have sex and even wash our bodies--- has been denied in the name of the Doctrine of Scarcity.
You have said that you want a "poor Church". That's fine. Divest it of its riches, its pomp, its self-adoring and venal glories. Make of it what it was meant to be, a simple fellowship bound together by the Holy Spirit and the teachings of Jesus. Let all the Orders stand in awe of the Franciscans and the other Mendicants, who have placed their faith so utterly beyond the grasp of Mammon.
Indeed, Francis, if there is any virtue in poverty it is simply this---that by being poor, the poor give us the opportunity to grow beyond our own selfishness.