Vatican City, Vatican – Presidential candidate, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders visited Vatican City on Thursday. Speaking at a conference of The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the liberal senator from Vermont decried the Globalization of Indifference, aligning with Pope Francis on the role of the world’s most wealthy individuals and corporate powers in ignoring the plight of the struggling and poor.
Over a century ago, Pope Leo XIII highlighted economic issues and challenges in Rerum Novarum that continue to haunt us today, such as what he called “the enormous wealth of a few as opposed to the poverty of the many.” – U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders
Sanders, in a prepared statement championed the work of Pope John Paul II in calling for a “freedom that defends the dignity of every person” in light of the common good.
“With the fall of Communism, Pope John Paul II gave a clarion call for human freedom in its truest sense: freedom that defends the dignity of every person and that is always oriented towards the common good, ” Sanders said. “And let us be clear. That situation is worse today.”
Sanders, calling attention to income inequality, went on to include a message that he has portended in his present campaign, as well as in Congress for almost 3 decades,
“In the year 2016, the top one percent of the people on this planet own more wealth than the bottom 99 percent, while the wealthiest 60 people – 60 people – own more than the bottom half – 3 1/2 billion people. At a time when so few have so much, and so many have so little, we must reject the foundations of this contemporary economy as immoral and unsustainable.”
Holding America’s financial strongholds accountable, the Brooklyn-born voice of the middle class, denounced Wall Street’s immoral meanderings.
“Financial excesses, indeed widespread financial criminality on Wall Street, played a direct role in causing the world’s worst financial crisis since the Great Depression,” Sanders said.
The senator heads back to New York where he will campaign in advance of the state’s primary on Tuesday.
This article originally appeared on Examiner.com on April 15, 2016.