3 thoughts on “Why does Pope Francis criticise the malign effects of capitalism on countries that don’t know capitalism?”

  1. Posted 27/09/2013 at 10:29 | Permalink

    Thank you for the quote from Pope John Paul II. It is important to remember that the Catholic Church does have an indigenous tradition appreciative of the market and that the Syndicalist approach- which many Catholics in the global South fear to be the default position for Seminaries- represented a brief historical cul de sac.
    Sardinia is facing large scale structural unemployment for reasons wholly independent of the economic regime. Certainly, we have a duty to relieve the distress of those affected but does it really help to reify a mere means of exchange and raise it to the level of a malign Deity? Surely, to be without work is bad enough. Does it not further demoralize a person to suggest that her misfortune is attributable to the caprice of a Cruel God? Might not the result be a desperate attempt to appease this Mammon with atrocious cults? How does it help a Christian to be told that he is powerless to help himself, his community is powerless to help him, needful structural changes in the local economy are powerless to raise him up, Mammon has cursed him and he must suffer.
    What is the point of rejecting an imaginary Mammon if thereby we give ourselves into the hands of a Mussolini or Peron?

  2. Posted 17/11/2013 at 00:45 | Permalink

    Why are journalists so simplistic? I agree that Argentina seems to have many problems in implementing rule of law and other basic requirements for capitalism to work well (and so does Italy to a lesser extent), but Argentina in the nineties was ranked in the index mentioned above as one of the freest nations in the world. Indeed, in 1996 it was number 8, just 2 ranks below the United States.
    Funny when mr Booth says that the Pope lucks sophistication. He doesnt seem to have a lot of it either.
    This article is propaganda. Peronist style.

  3. Posted 17/11/2013 at 12:29 | Permalink

    Non-sense this article… Where did the sub-prime crisis started? Isn’t it in the country champion of capitalism? Didn’t this crisis make an enormous harm in thousands of households?? And shouldn’t the pope condemn severely this awful excesses? M. Booth, it’s not prohibited to think and to question oneself 🙂

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