Distinguishing capitalism from market economy, leading cardinal defends Pope's economic comments [CWN]

Writing in L’Osservatore Romano, a prominent German cardinal defended Pope Francis’s comments about the economy in his recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium [The Joy of the …

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In criticizing capitalism, he added, he criticizes an ideology that “makes capital the point of departure” and views human persons as “cost factors.” An economic vision that “reduces economic action to capitalism has chosen the morally wrong starting point.”

That’s not the economic of most capitalists, in no small order because many of them are Christian.

There’s a big difference between current American capitalism and the Chinese Communist Party cutting corners on every social dimension to get ahead. :rolleyes:

“To think that somewhere there are pure markets which give rise to the good through free competition is mere ideology,” he added. “Capitalism should not become the model of society” because “it does not take into account individual destinies, the weak and the poor.”

It doesn’t but Christianity does. :thumbsup:

“The social doctrine of the Church,” on the other hand, offers the “spiritual foundations of a **social market economy **… In the global economic debate, however, these ideas have never played a real role.” Ensuring that the poor play an active role in the Church and in society, rather than simply viewing the poor as objects of charity, is part of the task of evangelization, he added.

Even regulators view human elements as a cost. When the EPA came with air pollution standards, they were based in part on a person living a quality life of 75 years.

These are not (nor should they be) measurements as to the worth of humanity. If you took all of the elements in the human body and sold them at auction, you’d fetch a price under two bucks, but that’s not what I am talking about. I am talking about reasonable measurements that benefit the whole of society as a standardization merely for society to function and not choke itself away into chaos due to moral scrupulosity.

Whenever policies are made on human emotion or trying to sacrifice the mainstream for the marginal, intentional or not, that’s when rampant poverty and scandal hit.

“The future is not capitalism, but rather a world community that leaves more space to the model of responsible freedom and that does not accept that people, groups, and individuals are excluded and marginalized,” he concluded.

Any ideology that doesn’t inherently motivate human incentive won’t be successful regardless of its morality and will always be unstable. People need to as responsible as possible for their success and we all must keep the needs of the poor and lame in view as part of that.

Why else would they turn to the Nazis, Marxists or Left-wing Western radicals?

I really think the Faithful need to think these kinds of things through instead of worrying about a papal endorsement of their politics and financial situation.

People need to as responsible as possible for their success

The worst thing you want to do for the poor is give them things but rather give them opportunities to make money. Unfortunately that means big corporations like Wal-Mart will have to give up some money making to let the little guy make money.

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