I am not a practising Catholic. I can’t quite do the God thing. Though having been brought up as a Catholic I can’t quite not do it either.
Perhaps that’s why I’m a member of the Labour Party instead. There’s a set of values that underpin the broader Catholic Church and christianity generally which Labour shares.
For social justice, and against greed.
One of the reasons I’m not a practicising Catholic is that I can’t abide the institutional corruption and greed which (in many cases) lies at the heart of organised religion. But Catholicism, like all many religions, is also driven by a desire to make sense of our world and to promote collective goodness and community. My view of what politics should be is not dissimilar.
Tonight Last night I watched a programme on Sky News (Australia) called Mamamia where a pannelist referred to this article, where the Vatican (or the social justice branch of the Vatican) called for morality to be put back into the heart of economics. And radical reform of the world’s financial systems, including the creation of a global political authority to manage the economy.
I’m not sure morality was ever in the heart of economics. But mark my words. There’s a change happening in our world.
Greed is not ok. Poverty is not ok.
Politicians, social justice activists and those of many religious faiths across our world are forming a new community as we speak. I support that community as long as it’s not driven by vested interests and greed. And the Vatican needs to demonstrate that to the world.
But listen up.
Published: November 04, 2011
As protesters demonstrate against corporate greed and politicians struggle with the eurozone crisis, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace has published proposals for reforming international finance. It is a document that puts morality back into the heart of economics, says William Keegan in The Tablet.
While the New Testament tells us to “render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s”, the Church, and Churches, understandably take a close interest in the effect that governmental economic and social policies have on the well-being of the flock.
Apart from anything else, the Church has close contact with both the citizens of what are known as the “advanced economies” as well as with the emerging nations of the developing world.
PS: (see this link to last week’s episode of Mamamia, great show)