The banker with God on his side

Interesting article.

timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/faith/article6571529.ece

Here are the first three paragraphs of the article just to give you an idea of what it is about.

Pope Benedict XVI is about to publish a radical new document on social and economic affairs, Caritas in veritate or Love in Truth, in which he is expected to challenge the financial and economic models that he believes are responsible for the financial crisis in the West. He will draw on the full history of the Church’s social teaching to emphasise again the abiding theme of the “common good”. By contrast, the Church of England, which does not even have the recession in a slot for debate at its General Synod in York next month, seems to have left it up to Stephen Green, the chairman of the HSBC bank, to set the moral lead for the nation.

His new book, Good Value: Reflections on Money, Morality and an Uncertain World, is a detailed analysis of the ethical and moral issues arising from the present economic crisis. It is not remotely didactic and it is mercifully free from the self-righteous pomposity that you might expect from a banker who is also an ordained clergyman.

Green is an NSM, a non-stipendiary minister or a “Not Short of Money”, as they have been described. As a result, he is able to mediate between the god of money, our society’s natural deity, and the biblical pretender to that role, the Christian God, from an elevated position — the 42nd floor of the HSBC building in Canada Square at Canary Wharf, East London.

I’m impressed he went to Mount Athos on retreat, but I’m not sure he is recommending anything unusual. It seems to be the usual talk about servant leadership. However, perhaps he really is a standout because he is walking the talk. If so, we need more folks such as him.

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