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Pope discusses capitalism, environment in interview with French magazine

October 15, 2015

In an interview with the French newsmagazine Paris Match, Pope Francis spoke about capitalism, the environment, and the upcoming canonization of the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, whom he described as models of holiness and evangelization.

“Capitalism and profit are not diabolical if one does not transform them into idols,” he said during the interview, which took place on October 9. “Humanity must renounce the idolization of money” and instead emphasize “the human person, his dignity, the common good, the future generations who will inhabit the Earth after us.”

“The Christian is inclined to realism, not to catastrophism,” he added. “However, precisely for this reason, we are not about to hide the obvious: the current global system is unsustainable.”

 


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  • Posted by: jrorr19609092 - Oct. 15, 2015 10:57 PM ET USA

    “However, precisely for this reason, we are not about to hide the obvious: the current global system is unsustainable.” What is he talking about?! First he says, “The Christian is inclined to realism, not to catastrophism.” Then he plunges right into catastrophism. If he is referring to environmental matters bantered about like "global freezing," no, I mean "global warming," no, I mean "climate change," - you think, after 30 years, they finally got the right name for their catastrophism?

  • Posted by: seewig - Oct. 15, 2015 6:11 PM ET USA

    On what does Pope Francis base his opinion on the unsustainability? Would be valuable to find out and know.

  • Posted by: Randal Mandock - Oct. 15, 2015 3:04 PM ET USA

    Echoes of St. Pope JPII.