Is there such a thing as papal demagoguery?

Here’s one of his “five most radical statements about capitalism and poverty”:

Capitalism Is Idolatry

In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron on the eve of the G-8 Summit, Pope Francis called capitalism a new form of idolatry, saying the money should serve humanity, not lead it.

“The goal of economics and politics is to serve humanity, beginning with the poorest and most vulnerable wherever they may be, even in their mothers’ wombs. Every economic and political theory or action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one’s own human potential.”

“We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”

He has a way with words. Pretty rich stuff.

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  • Jim Bowman  On 11/27/2013 at 12:03 PM

    Reblogged this on Diary of a Catholic Reader.


  • John Powers  On 11/27/2013 at 1:52 PM

    Doesn’t make much sense.

    Capitalism is more of an observation as to how things work than it is a dictate as to how things should work. Much like “economics”. There really isn’t a goal to economics. There is a process and a social science to it, but there is not really a goal based system, such as, oh football or something where the goal is to score more points than your opponent.


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