- May 27, 2020
In the Archdiocese of Erbil, Archbishop Bashar Warda is wielding real business moxie in service to the survival of his people.
Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople called on Christians to work together to build a culture of solidarity in the face of growing economic inequality and a lack of respect for the human dignity of the poor and of migrants.
Vatican Cardinal Peter Turkson was at Davos, urging the movers and shakers of the world to remember the poor, and shortly beforehand he told Crux he “cannot justify” the language U.S. President Donald Trump reportedly used to describe Africa.
Bishop Peter Musikuwa told the president of Malawi the country needs to fix its power supply problem, because it is affecting economic growth in the country. In Malawi, over 90 percent of power comes from hydroelectric dams, but lack of investment in infrastructure has led to rolling blackouts, which hurt not only businesses, but also the nation’s hospitals and other medical facilities.
Father Martin Schlag says Pope Francis’s focus on the good entrepreneur rather than the state makes him a natural ally of authentic U.S. capitalism. Schlag says the pope teaches “everyone in society has to work towards helping the poor, lifting them up — and therefore he is for the good entrepreneur, the good individual who creates work.”
In terms of broad public perceptions, Pope Francis is often seen as hostile to Capitalism and no real friend of corporate culture. Yet on Saturday in Genoa, he delivered a reflection on business activity worthy of a graduate-level MBA program, among other things arguing that exploiting workers isn’t just immoral but also economically self-defeating.