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Pope writes preface to Cardinal Turkson’s book on corruption

June 15, 2017

Pope Francis has contributed a preface to a new book-length interview with Cardinal Peter Turkson that focuses on the human costs of political corruption.

In his book Corrosion, due for publication this week, Cardinal Turkson, the prefect of the Vatican’s new dicastery for Intergral Human Development, speaks with journalist Vittorio Alberti about political corruption.

In his preface, Pope Francis writes that corruption is a curse on society, depriving the poor and providing fertile ground for organized crime, drug trafficking, and exploitation of both man and the environment. Bribery “contaminates every general perspective,” fosters the growth of special interests, and harms the common good, the Pope argues.


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  • Posted by: jackbene3651 - Jun. 16, 2017 7:29 AM ET USA

    I see. Pope Francis is trying to show Pope Benedict that he can write an appendage to a book also.

  • Posted by: james-w-anderson8230 - Jun. 15, 2017 5:37 PM ET USA

    In the references provided I see that Pope Francis mentions the mafia and the environment but I see no mention of the corrosion that lies at his front door, namely the bishops who remain unpunished for their their criminal actions relating to the sex abuse scandal.