Twenty-eight years after the fall of communism and final victory of capitalism, there is increasing unease with the ideology and lived reality of capitalism around the world, and even in America (the Cold War victor). While it is impossible for any one entry to fully represent a continent’s perspective, it is hoped that geographic diversity will also reflect the diversity in the lived experience of capitalism. In challenging capitalism, Pope Francis is thus joining a long tradition of popes who have critiqued both the ideal and the reality of it. The values of capitalism are those that led the rich man who had such a bountiful harvest to tear down his barns to build even larger ones so that he can accumulate even more wealth for himself. This is the parable of the “rich fool.”
"Economy of Exclusion: Global Perspectives on Pope Francis on Capitalism,"
Journal of Vincentian Social Action: Vol. 2:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholar.stjohns.edu/jovsa/vol2/iss2/4
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