The rich get richer. So?
Mirror of Justice contributor Thomas Berg has an excellent post on what Catholic social teaching may have to say about growing economic inequality.
1. “Great disparity seems likely to make it harder for people to practice
the value of solidarity, that is, ‘see[ing] the “other”–whether a
person, people or nation–not just as some kind of instrument . . . but
as our “neighbor,” a “helper” (cf. Gn. 2:18-20), to be made a sharer on
a par with ourselves in the banquet of life to which all are equally
invited by God’ Solicitudo Rei Socialis, para. 39.”
2. “Greater income disparity can make it harder to have economic and social mobility.”
3. “Expenditure cascades” exacerbate the fincancial burdens on the lower classes. An expenditure cascade occurs when the spending of the rich results in increased spending of the poorer classes, even though their wealth hasn’t increased.
Much, much more to chew on over at MoJ.