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A new Direction for the Catholic Church!?

November 14, 2013
michael johnson
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It seems like the Pope Francis team is rejecting "neoliberal dictatorships that rule democracies" and promoting "the globalization of mercy and solidarity"

I have just been reading the text of a speech that new Pope's primary spokesperson delivered twice in the US. This is more than a little interesting. It's like the Church may be picking up on its 1960s Vatican II internal revolution, which is where it was left hanging. If this is Francis' program, then a major institution could be turning toward equality, solidarity, and democracy.

Whacking the "neoliberal dictaorships":

“The globalization of the exchange of services, capital and patents has led over the past ten years to establish a world dictatorship of finance capital. The small transcontinental oligarchies that hold the financial capital dominate the planet… The lords of financial capital wield over billions of human beings a power of life and death. Through their investment strategies, their stock market speculations, their alliances, they decide day to day who has the right to live on this planet and who is doomed to die.”

Calling for the Church todevote itself to "the globalization of mercy and solidarity" instead:

She must do [her] service living in the world, herself a part of the world and in solidarity with it, because “the world is the only subject that interests God.”

And there the Church, in humble company, helps making life intelligible and dignified, making it a community of equals, without castes or classes; without rich or poor; without impositions or anathemas. Her foremost goal is to care for the penultimate (hunger, housing, clothing, shoes, health, education…) to be then able to care for the ultimate, those problems that rob us of sleep after work (our finiteness, our solitude before death, the meaning of life, pain, and evil…). The answer the Church gives to the “penultimate” will entitle her to speak about the “ultimate.”

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