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John Paul II on the “idolatry of the market alone”

27 July 2011

“There are needs and common goods that cannot be satisfied by the market system. It is the task of the state and of all society to defend them. An idolatry of the market alone cannot do all that should be done.”

- Pope John Paul II

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  1. Tim Cockran permalink
    20 August 2011 12:40 am

    Perhaps it could be more appropriate to say that the markets have replaced the Church, rather than God Himself, in terms of human efforts to provide the general public with a sense of direction and personal prospect, and even a sense of purpose as well for this human existence.

    With that, it may be worth consideration that if modern global trade alliances and world banking institutions now largely consider religion to be not more than an archaic and primitive means of utilizing and managing the masses as “human resources” to be implemented in service of the world’s “social elite”, they would and often openly do tend to consider themselves as viable, and even more refined & equipped candidates for such a role, as a “guiding light” & “moderating hand” in society, than religion.

  2. Bushka permalink
    27 August 2011 8:31 am

    Thanks for this….Most delightful post

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