Påven Franciskus är (liksom jag) förgrymmad på det gällande ekonomiska systemet i världen och tycker att pengar spelar för stor roll. Så här sa han i ett tal i Argentina i Maj:
”He said free-market
capitalism had created a “tyranny” and that human beings were
being judged purely by their ability to consume goods.”
Money should be made to
“serve” people, not to “rule” them, he said, calling for a
more ethical financial system and curbs on financial speculation.
Countries should impose more
control over their economies and not allow “absolute autonomy”,
in order to provide “for the common good”.
The gap between rich and poor
was growing and the “joy of life” was diminishing in many
developed countries, the Argentinian pope said, two months after he
was elected as the successor to Benedict XVI.
“While the income of a
minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is
crumbling,” said Francis, who as archbishop of Buenos Aires visited
slums, opted to live in a modest flat rather than an opulent Church
residence and went to work by bus.
In poorer countries,
people’s lives were becoming “undignified” and marked by
violence and desperation, he said.
Francis made the
strongly-worded remarks in his first major speech on finance and the
economy, during an address to foreign ambassadors in the Vatican.
It underlined a reputation he
has established in the last two months for showing deep concern for
the plight of the poor and vulnerable.
“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 human goal,” Francis told the ambassadors.
As the leader of the Roman
Catholic Church in Argentina, he often spoke out about the plight of
the poor during the country’s economic crisis.
Unchecked capitalism had
created “a new, invisible, and at times virtual, tyranny”, said
the former Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio.
“The Pope loves everyone,
rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name,
to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote
them,” he said.
Francis will make the first
foreign trip of his papacy to Brazil in July, during which he will
visit a slum in Rio de Janeiro and meet young prison inmates.
He will attend World Youth
Day, a week-long event which is expected to attract more than two
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samhällshirakin. Det kanske finns hopp om ett uppvaknande trots