REFLECTION: Pope Francis condemns profit-centered economy

PAX CHRISTI USA

Tony Maglianoby Tony Magliano

“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,” wrote Pope Francis in his new apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (“The Joy of the Gospel”).

Here the Holy Father teaches that living and sharing the joy of the Gospel necessarily demands that Christians have a deep and active concern for the plight of the poor who suffer so many injustices from an economy that puts profit above people.

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The pope writes, “Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.

“Human beings are themselves…

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