The Pope is Right
Unfettered Capitalism is the new Tyranny,
Consumerism is its Religion, and
The Poor are its Casualties
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"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?"
The Counter-Cultural Jesus
Like all Christians Pope Francis wants to share in the journey of Jesus. Below please find some passages from the New Testament that influence him and many others. They represent what, in Five Foundations for a New Civilization, John Cobb calls a "counter-cultural morality" that is so important in our time. Cobb speaks as a Christian, too.
The Religion of Consumerism
Increasingly in many parts of the world the dominant religion is consumerism. Its god is economic growth for its own sake; its priests are the politicians and corporate executives who understand growth and promise access to it; its evangelists are the advertisers who display the products of growth and tell us we cannot be happy without them; its church is the shopping mall. Its doctrine of creation is that the earth is real estate to be bought and sold in the marketplace; and its doctrine of human existence is that we are trapped within our skin, and that our highest good is to aquire material goods and consume them. Its creeds include "Bigger is Better" and "Faster is Better" and "More is Better" and "You Can Have It All." It teaches that we are saved or made whole, not by grace through faith as Christians claim, or by enlightenment through letting go as Buddhists claim, or by compassion and good works as many believe, but by appearance, affluence, and marketable achievement.
The Pope on the Idolatry of Money