Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Marx backs up Pope Francis

In a wonderful article, Beyond Capitalism, which I highly recommend, Reinhard Cardinal Marx, dives deeply into troubled waters, which have arisen in the wake of Pope Francis' recent apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, which deserves even more careful reading, rereading, and reflection.

Cardinal Marx is one of the eight advisers, chosen by Francis, to assist him in charting course through what promise to be "interesting times" in the RCC (and beyond).  And what a grasp of the pitfalls of modern finance as an ideology embracing praise of greed!  What a  a tour de force attack on the idolatry of finance, where workers are viewed as mere instruments to capitalism, when capitalism (politics, etc.) should instead be subservient to a philosophy entailing the dignity of human persons.

What's most interesting to me about this article by Cardinal Marx is the window this affords into the way the Pope's apostolic exhortation is organized and the scope of his insistence that a new evangelism is needed.  It reminds me of John's Gospel, where after calling some disciples and changing water into wine, Jesus immediately proceeds to cleanse the Temple.  Francis, likewise, has called his committee of 8; and in substance and style he continues to give the world new wine, better wine, in place of no wine, moldy wine.  And now it's clear that Francis is not just aiming to cleanse the Temple of the Vatican and the Curia, to rid it of clerical opulence, greed, and bullying, but that he intends an evangelism that confronts society at large, castigating in particular oppressive social institutions and ideologies, such as the worldwide imperialism of economics - greed as an end in itself - via preaching the Good News in order to once again elevate the needs and worth of human persons, the obligation to care about your neighbor as a Temple and Image of your God.

I love this Pope!