St. Alberto Hurtado Cruchaga

“I hold that every poor man, every vagrant, every beggar is Christ carrying his cross. And as Christ, we must love and help him. We must treat him as a brother, a human being like ourselves. If we were to start a campaign of love for the poor and homeless, we would, in a short time, do away with depressing scenes of begging, children sleeping in doorways and women with babies in their arms fainting in our streets.” -St. Alberto Hurtado, S.J.

Alberto also wrote prolifically on the Church’s social teaching. He questioned whether or not the government and hierarchy of Chile were living up to that. He received much criticism for this, especially from more conservative Catholics. Sometimes he was even written off as or accused of being a Communist. Sounds familiar in our day and age.

Read the rest at Contemplatio Culture.

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