Monday, August 18, 2014

Pope Francis

On global capitalism: 
"We are discarding an entire generation to maintain an economic system that can't hold up any more, a system that to survive, must make war, as all great empires have done. But as a third world war can't be waged, they make regional wars...they produce and sell weapons, and with this, the balance sheets of the idolatrous economies, the great world economies that sacrifice man at the feet of the idol of money, are resolved...
and also: 
"In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting."

Pope Francis on ISIS:

"One nation alone cannot judge how to stop an unjust aggressor. After the Second World War there was the idea of the United Nations. It is there that this should be discussed. Is there an unjust aggressor? It would seem there is. (emphasis mine)."

I though that was interesting.  Who says there isn't Hell-fire and brimstone left in the Catholic Church?  Not that I altogether disagree with his assessment of where the capitalist economies are heading.  I just found it interesting that he used such blunt language to describe the sins of the market, while using such measured and restrained language to suggest that ISIS is an unjust aggressor (many would have just said ISIS is an unjust aggressor, not seemed to be one).  For me, I criticize where the market and those countries that embrace it are going, but I also am pretty harsh in my assessment of ISIS.  

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