Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Capitalism (Greed) is a (capital) sin

The central part of the Gospel read in last Sunday's mass (Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time-Year B):
And Jesus looking round about, saith to his disciples: How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus again answering, saith to them: Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God? It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. — Mark x. 23-5.
These words of Our God spoken to his disciples astonished them! There are some who try to equivocate this passage away by saying it does not mean what it says, but it does. Two weeks before the words of James v. 1-6 were read. The rich, who oppress the poor, were warned. They were accused of theft of workmen's wages, and this was akin to murder. It is one of the sins that cries out to Heaven.

In between these masses, Michael Moore's movie on capitalism was released. In the film, he speaks to four priests (two of them bishops). Their unanimous consensus was—capitalism is a sin.

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