Were any of the Wall Street scam
artists and greed mongers who led our country and world into economic meltdown
Roman Catholics? If so, will they receive communion?
The New York Times reports on the Encyclical Letter Caritas in Veritate…On Integral
Human Development in Charity and Truth released today by the
Vatican. In it Pope Benedict
“…called for a radical rethinking of the global
economy, criticizing a growing divide between rich and poor and urging the
establishment of a “world political authority” to oversee the economy and work
for the “common good.” He criticized the current economic system, “where
the pernicious effects of sin are evident,” and urged financiers in particular
to “rediscover the genuinely ethical foundation of their activity.”
I hope for consistency that the American Catholic Bishops who have gone after sinners
such as pro-choice politicians will also seek out and
withhold communion unrepentant capitalists. Unlike the Catholic nuns who are now under inquisition for heterodoxy of thought , actions that do not cause actual harm to people, these Catholic politicians’ and business people’s sins caused misery and deprivation for millions of Americans facing home foreclosures and job losses.
Catholic business leaders disregarded basic Roman Catholic teachings on economic justice and caused real harm. Yet I have yet to see public repentance. I look forward to seeing any spiritual repercussions that the Catholic church might have in store for them including the church’s weapon of choice – no communion.