As Pope Francis arrived in the USA his biographer, British journalist Paul Vallely tweeted, "The Pope said on the plane what I said last week in politico.com - and what he said after Evangelii Gaudium “It’s not Marxism. It’s classic Catholic social teaching, as developed by previous popes.”
The relationship between outward forms and inward truth has been at the heart of dissent for centuries. In a secular society, the nature of those forms may have shifted, but the potential for coercion through intolerance remains.
Last Tuesday (8 September) I and other members of the London Catholic Worker took part in a ‘No Faith in War’ day of action outside the Excel Centre, London. Faith groups Put Down the Sword, Pax Christi and Disarm Quakers were also coming together to disrupt the setting up of the DSEi, the world’s largest arms fair.