What Pope Francis Misses About the Morality of Capitalism

"The 'practical' differences between capitalism and communism are tremendous, and surely that offers some clue as to what lies beneath." 

2476 reads

There are 4 Comments

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Another excerpt from the article...

Capitalism is, of course, just a system. It is a remarkable system, but as with any human structure, sin will remain. We are fallen creatures in a fallen world, and thus, the basic act of buying milk can sometimes, well, turn sour. But that doesn’t mean we rail against the basic liberty and systems that enable such transactions to take place, which is all that capitalism aims to do.

jimcarwest's picture

Aside from the theological errors of Roman Catholicism and the multitudes of historical blunders, the Church of Rome has another ignorant leader.  Pope Francis seems to be willfully blind to the FACT that capitalism has generated more prosperity as well has more charitable giving than any other economic system the world has ever known.  What he seems blind to is that his own Church, the richest of all corporations/institutions, actually gives from its corporate coffers very little to resolve the poverty of the poor nations  of the world.  I  am referring to the ever-mounting assets it possesses which represent a treasure the Church is unwilling to use.  Remember the priest who said: "It's been a long time since the Church could say: 'Silver and gold have I none;'" to which a second priest replied: "And it's been a long time since it could say: 'In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.'"  As Peter once said: "It is time for judgment to begin at the house of God."  The Pope would do well to clean his own house before he criticizes others.

jimcarwest's picture

A reliable estimate of the Church's wealth.  Each week in the USA alone the Church takes in an estimated $850 million in offerings by its constituents.  The Vatican income annually is $350 million euros, making it the richest State that exists.  Pope Francis well understands the value of the capitalistic system of economy, and it is sheer hypocrisy to be pour-mouthing while the Church is one of earth's richest institutions.        http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/how-rich-vatican-so-wealthy-it-can-stumble-acro...

Aaron Blumer's picture

EditorAdmin

Hypocritical or just very inconsistent. We all have our blind spots. As you've suggested, a man has to have to have some huge blind spots to be Pope and go around being vocally anti-capitalist... but I can't put it past him. So many these days don't see the huge contradictions in their own belief systems.