A Pontiff for the Poor? Is There Any Other Kind?

In his short tenure, Pope Francis has redefined and breathed life into the papal office. As a result, a office that many saw as dead and irrelevant; is now brimming with life. While we at Two Cents applaud much of what he has done, we are especially interested in how he views the intersection of faith and economics.  In a recent article entitled The Economic Vision of Pope Francis, a Pontiff for the Poor author Michael Sean Winters articulates much of what Pope Francis believes about this intersection. Check out the article and tell us what you...

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The “cult of money” and ethics reform

Pope Francis  has received much airplay recently for his reverent and honest, relevant and intelligent reiteration of ordinary Catholic thought using language that people can understand – applying longstanding church teachings to contemporary issues. Speaking to a group of diplomats gathered at the Vatican on May 16, Pope Francis spoke unequivocally on what he terms the “cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.” Read more on Pope Francis’ challenge. Here is the full transcript of the speech. What then could an economic mindset that is not hinged entirely on consumption and disposal look like? What is an alternative ethics of...

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