I am definitely not a fan of what has become of Catholic Church. But it is always very exciting when you can find positive aspects in what you principally view as negative and other way round (Dear Angie, I think it is amazing that you had your healthy breasts - and soon ovaries - cut out: What a wonderful deconstruction of a sex symbol!) Back to the Catholic Church. I was very excited to read about Pope Francis railing against the dictatorship of an economy that became a self-righteous system and completely overtrumped (and enslaved) human beings. It is religions of the world that should scream loudest against injustice, against any threat to our soul, against neglecting that what makes us spiritual beings. It is them who should call for altruism, spiritualism, peace and love for everything and everyone on this planet. But I can only hear Buddhist voices. The rest is either silent or too quiet - or simply wrong in their interpretation of the religion they represent.
It feels quite exotic to agree with things a Pope says…. And I like the exotic feeling. So here you go, the highlights:
(There is a) "need for financial reform along ethical lines that would produce in its turn an economic reform to benefit everyone."
"We have created new idols. 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 humane goal."
"While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling."
"This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to states, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good."
And here the link to his whole statement.