Once again, Pope Francis lambasts the pursuit of profit

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“My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost”

 

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In the last two days, newly installed Pope Francis has become increasingly vocal about economics issues.

On Wednesday, the Pope Francis made reference to a building collapse in Bangladesh that killed upwards of 400 people in a sharp condemnation of worker exploitation and “slave labor.”

“Not paying a just (wage), not providing work, focusing exclusively on the balance books, on financial statements, only looking at making personal profit. That goes against God!” Pope Francis in his homily.

On Thursday, Pope Francis continued with his economic message by tweeting “My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost,” to his almost 2.5 million followers.

The message was quickly retweeted by over 5,000 people at time of publish.

Francis’ comments, however, seem in line with his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

In a speech to the Food and Agriculture Organization, a Rome-based arm of the United Nations, Benedict condemned market speculators who have the “sole objective of profit.”

“How can we ignore the fact that food has become an object of speculation or is connected to movements in a financial market that, lacking in clear rules and moral principles, seems anchored on the sole objective of profit,” he asked the audience. “The speculator makes it his goal to maximize profit; for him, business is merely a means to an end, and that end is profit.”

Additionally, in a 2009 letter to the United States Senate, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called on the legislative body to “place the needs of poor families and the most vulnerable in our nation and around the world first in setting priorities in the federal budget resolution.”

“We are not policy makers, but pastors and teachers,” the letter reads. “Our faith and moral principles call us to measure economic decisions on whether they enhance or undermine the lives of those most in need. Too often the weak and vulnerable are not heard in the budget debate.”

These beliefs find an echo in some Catholic social teaching and papal writings.

In Centesimus Annus 10, a 1991 letter to all local Catholic Churches, Pope John Paul II wrote “The State cannot limit itself to ‘favoring one portion of the citizens,’ namely the rich and prosperous, nor can it ‘neglect the other,’ which clearly represents the majority of society. Otherwise, there would be a violation of that law of justice which ordains that every person should receive his due.”

Source: CNN Belief Blog

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3 Comments

  1. May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    We, Christians, are of this world and yet different from the world. We are the salt of the earth. But unfortunately, we have succumbed to the ways of the world and our churches are more involved in money-making than pastoral work. Not only priests but lay people too, on achieving some power resort to money-making. It is high time that we realize Jesus’ words: Give to Ceasar what belongs to Ceasar. And give to God what belongs to God.

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  2. May 6, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    What to do with these money mad (mainly secular, who do not take the vow of poverty) clergy. If it was the sharia law they would be flogged in the marketplace. Do they not understand that JESUS was crucified once; but must they crucify him every minute of the day

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