Pope Francis Attacks ‘Idolatry of Money’

Pope Francis Attacks 'Idolatry of Money'

“Pope Francis called for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as ‘a new tyranny’, urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.

The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.

In it, Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the ‘idolatry of money’ and beseeching politicians to guarantee all citizens ‘dignified work, education and healthcare’.

He also called on rich people to share their wealth. ‘Just as the commandment “Thou shalt not kill” sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say “thou shalt not” to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills,’ Francis wrote in the document issued on Tuesday.”

— “Pope Francis ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ Calls For Renewal Of Roman Catholic Church, Attacks ‘Idolatry Of Money.'” Naomi O’Leary, Reuters via Huffington Post [link added]

More:

“‘Evangelii Gaudium’ amounts to Francis’ ‘I Have a Dream’ speech,” John L. Allen Jr., National Catholic Reporter

“Pope Francis Strafes Libertarian Economics,” Matthew Yglesias, Slate

“Pope Francis has a few thoughts about the global economy. We added these 13 charts,” Neil Irwin, Washington Post blog

UPDATES:

“Pope Ramps up Charity Office to Be Near Poor, Sick,” Nichole Winfield, AP via ABC News

“The pope vs. the bishops: Challenges to building a church for the poor,” Vinnie Rotondaro, Salon

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