Thoughts for the Week - Fr R Taouk
6th September 2015
Inequality as Willed by God for Men
In a time in
which false notion of equality is constantly being put
before us, it is important to pause and reflect on the
reason precisely why God has not created us equal.
Pope Pius XII
reminds us that: "Social inequalities, even those
related to birth, are inevitable: Benign nature and
God's blessing to humanity illuminate and protect all
cradles, looking on them with love, but do not make them
As the Pope
rightly points out, God loves all cradles but does not
make them equal. He loves all the newborn, but His
blessing does not make them equal. Obviously, these
inequalities wanted by the Creator are harmonious and
proportionate, for God orders all things well.
Further on, he
continues: "On the other hand, to a mind instructed and
educated in a Christian way these disparities can only
be considered a disposition willed by God with the same
wisdom as the inequalities within the family. Hence,
they are destined to bring men more closely together on
the present life's journey toward the Kingdom of Heaven,
with some helping others in the way a father helps the
mother and children". Allocution to the Roman Patriciate and Nobility
- 5 January 1942.
Pope Pius X explicitly stated several major points in
this regard that are important for us to keep in mind:
society, as God established it, is composed of unequal
elements, just as the members of the human body are
unequal. To make them all equal would be impossible, and
would result in the destruction of society itself.
2. The equality
of the various members of society is only in that all
men originate from God the Creator; that they were
redeemed by Jesus Christ, and that they must be judged
by God and rewarded or punished in strict accordance
with their merits and demerits.
3. Wherefore, it
results that, in human society, it is God's will that
there should be princes and vassals, proprietors and
proletarians, rich and poor, learned and ignorant,
nobles and plebeians, all of whom, united in the bond of
love, should help one another to achieve their final end
in Heaven, and their material and moral well-being here
on earth. Encyclical - Quod Apostolici Muneris.