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Politicians, corporate elites following Mammon, not God

7:37 PM, May 16, 2013  |  Comments
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I am delighted to hear Pope Francis call a spade a spade, and call politicians, corporate elites and financial masters of the universe to task for their greed at not creating jobs from their ill-gotten gains.

"Work," says the pope, "is something more than earning a living - work gives us dignity." He goes on to say that a society "organized in such a way that not everyone has a chance to work is not right, it is not fair. It goes against God himself." Further he says, "Not paying fairly, not giving work because you are just looking at what profit you can make, that too goes against God." Finally he denounces "greed looking for easy gain" as an example of uncaring capitalism.

By the pope's standards, American politicians, heads of businesses and corporations, bankers, hedge funders and private equity owners - not to mention five members of the U.S. Supreme Court - should examine their consciences. Many are Catholics, or purport to be, and are following Mammon, not God.

Why must I read The Guardian to find the pope's messages? Is the American press censoring the pope?

Edith Valentine

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