Friday, November 29, 2013
For many Americans, Black Friday began last night -- or even yesterday, Thanksgiving day. And now the Holiday Season is upon us. It would do us well to note what Pope Francis, leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics, had to say this week about the misplaced priorities of our capitalist world that worships money. The pontiff asked:
How can it be that it is not news when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?
That's a good question! Pope Francis then supplied the answer:
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 naive 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. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed.