Abstract

I am excited by Professor Atkinson’s interesting paper on equity in a globalizing world, and by the comments I have heard. My reaction comes from the fact that I have a responsibility for equity issues on the so-called continent of hope—Latin America. But how can we be hopeful with so many inequalities on this continent? And, being from the region with the most inequality, I ask myself, as the last commentator asked: What will happen to the losers? I see this as an opportunity to comment on the social doctrine of the Catholic Church, because, as Professor Atkinson said, inequality does not relate only to income and earnings. Equity is not just a matter of rich and poor: it has many dimensions; and I am convinced that one dimension is solidarity.