"No to the new idolatry of money"
"55. One cause of this situation is found in our relationship with money, since we calmly accept its dominion over ourselves and our societies. The current financial crisis can make us overlook the fact that it originated in a profound human crisis: the denial of the primacy of the human person! We have created new idols. The worship of the ancient golden calf (cf. Ex 32:1-35) has returned in a new and ruthless guise in the idolatry of money and the dictatorship of an impersonal economy lacking a truly human purpose. The worldwide crisis affecting finance and the economy lays bare their imbalances and, above all, their lack of real concern for human beings; man is reduced to one of his needs alone: consumption."
The Pope is wrong? Look at Black Friday. We'll take a closer look tomorrow. Afterall,this exhortation wasn't addressed to the United States.There are many countries we can take into consideration,including the United States.
With all due respect to Rush Limbaugh and some of the tweeters i read I'm not seeing Marxist ideology anywhere in the statement.I could post all of the section but the one paragraph alone is indicative of the gist of the rest of the exhortation.
What is Pope Francis REALLY saying? First of all money has become god and some corporations have indulged in greed.Greed leads to corruption. Last I knew greed was a sin.In fact,one of the 7 deadly sins. Catholic teaching has always held that no economic system should be utilitarian.The Catechism states,
"In the moral order she bears a mission distinct from that of political authorities: the Church is concerned with the temporal aspects of the common good because they are ordered to the sovereign Good, our ultimate end. She strives to inspire right attitudes with respect to earthly goods and in socio-economic relationships."
The mission of the Church is not political.The mission of the Church is the mission Christ has given her. She is not and should not be beholden to any state. She does not answer to the political winds of the time. Yes,we have a civic duty but to put it simply Christ is King.What Pope Francis is basically saying; get your priorities in order.
He is NOT saying that the state should force money from the rich in taxes then distribute via a social welfare program.He is definitely not talking about income or wealth redistribution. He IS saying that the state cannot use people,that economic systems should not ignore the poor and that we need to stop worshiping the Almighty Dollar.
I didn't see anywhere in the exhortation where the Pope even mentioned the United States specifically.Remember our Holy Father came from a country where the gap between classes is huge. He is not speaking to any one country. Perhaps we're feeling a tad guilty and reading our own country into his address.
Before anyone with a liberal(progressive)ideology goes crazy saying 'see...the Pope agrees with us.'Slow down homey. Jesus is not a socialist,marxist,Democrat or Republican.He is God.
Single minded;the Kingdom of God,not a state. He expects us to be as charitable with others as He is with us. He did not approach the Roman authorities with a petition but He did make it clear they would not have any authority were it not for God permitting it.
Finally He expects us to treat others-as the Church teaches-with the dignity we are due because we are human beings made in God's image and likeness.That INCLUDES the unborn,ill,aged and dying. It's a little difficult to discuss charity when we're permitting the murder of the unborn and debating whether we ought to kill older folks or not.What about our permitting rampant promiscuity and immorality?Here's the 7 Deadly sins and they're not called DEADLY for nothing:
We're just getting started on a roll here. Tomorrow we'll continue to address the Pope's words in light of the charges of Marxist.(I do know one REAL marxist and he's sitting in the oval office,not St Peter's chair)
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