While Pope Francis comes from a branch of the Catholic Church called the Social Gospel that says society has a responsibility to help the poor, this does not represent the thinking of most Christian’s in the U. S. The majority think poor people have only themselves to blame.
Some of this comes from Bible passages which say the lazy should not eat. There are Bible passages which say the rich should give away their money. The latter are not as popular as the former.
Statistically, we know why there are poor people. The majority of poor people had poor parents. The big percentage of children who live in poverty have divorced parents. Poor people divorce at almost twice the rate of the non poor.
A significant percentage of people become poor due to health reasons. Also, poor people often are poor for a period of time then find work and go off of public assistance.
If you are not poor and like me have adequate assets and income, it is in your long-term interests to advocate for low income public assistance. The more poor people there are the more bad things happen in our society the adversely affect those of us who are not poor. Public assistance is an insurance policy for a stable and productive society.
We can argue forever on precisely the amount of assistance needed by the poor. Adequate medical services, food and housing are required.
Christians need to step up and support the poor.