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Scottish cardinal calls for ‘Robin Hood tax’

Catholic World News - April 30, 2012

Cardinal Keith O’Brien has lent his support to calls for a “Robin Hood tax” on the financial sector.

“My message to [Prime Minister] David Cameron is to seriously think again about this Robin Hood tax, the tax to help the poor by taking a little bit from the rich,” the prelate said. “The poor have suffered tremendously from the financial disasters of recent years and nothing, really, has been done by the very rich people to help them.”

Referring to the “reasonably well off,” Cardinal O’Brien added that “it is these people who have had to suffer because of the financial disasters of recent years and it is immoral. It is not moral just to ignore them and to say struggle along, while the rich can go sailing along in their own sweet way.”

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  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - May. 01, 2012 8:46 AM ET USA

    When the wealth created by the peasants of England was collected in unjust taxes to increase the wealth and power of the government headed by Prince John, it was an act of justice to restore it to the people who created it in the first place. The last place to turn to for justice in the redistribution of wealth is the government. It was true in the 13th century, it is true in the 21st century.

  • Posted by: extremeCatholic - Apr. 30, 2012 10:27 PM ET USA

    If I remember the Robin Hood stories correctly he targeted bishops and lords. Christian charity is voluntary and inspired by the acts of Jesus, and more recently St Francis of Assisi, and St Vincent de Paul. Robin Hood, if I recall correctly, is not even a venerable.

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