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The Nation

A new draft of the Roman Catholic bishops’ pastoral letter on the economy does not back down from calling poverty in the United States a “scandal” or urging a greater government role in directing the economy, a top church official said. “In the second draft we will not back away from our strong conviction that more can and must be done to fight poverty and unemployment,” said Archbishop Rembert Weakland of Milwaukee. Weakland is chairman of the committee of Catholic bishops writing the pastoral letter on Roman Catholic social teaching and the U.S. economy.


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