EG 57: Looking to Ethics

Vasnetsov_Maria_MagdalenePope Francis in this section of Evangelii Gaudium (No to a financial system which rules rather than serves) offers rather blunt criticism of a heartless, neo-darwinist financial system. It is not of God:

57. Behind this attitude lurks a rejection of ethics and a rejection of God. Ethics has come to be viewed with a certain scornful derision. It is seen as counterproductive, too human, because it makes money and power relative. It is felt to be a threat, since it condemns the manipulation and debasement of the person. In effect, ethics leads to a God who calls for a committed response which is outside of the categories of the marketplace. When these latter are absolutized, God can only be seen as uncontrollable, unmanageable, even dangerous, since he calls human beings to their full realization and to freedom from all forms of enslavement. Ethics – a non-ideological ethics – would make it possible to bring about balance and a more humane social order. With this in mind, I encourage financial experts and political leaders to ponder the words of one of the sages of antiquity: “Not to share one’s wealth with the poor is to steal from them and to take away their livelihood. It is not our own goods which we hold, but theirs”.[Saint John Chrysostom, De Lazaro Concio, II, 6: PG 48, 992D]

I would like to see it, but I can’t imagine the Acton Institute reflecting on John Chrysostom’s statement.

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Todd and his family live in Ames, Iowa. He serves a Catholic parish of both Iowa State students and town residents.
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