• Book says businesspeople are fascinated, bewildered by Pope Francis

    Book says businesspeople are fascinated, bewildered by Pope Francis

    • Oct 24, 2017

    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.”

  • ‘Civilize the market’ for common good, care of creation, pope says

    ‘Civilize the market’ for common good, care of creation, pope says

    • Oct 20, 2017

    Pope Francis said on Friday that in societies where profit is allowed to be the only concern, “democracy tends to become a plutocracy, where inequality and the exploitation of the planet grows.” The pontiff said political action “must be placed truly at the service of the human person, the common good and respect for nature.”

  • Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s

    Family farmers facing worst financial stretch since the 1980s

    • May 15, 2017

    “The last time economic conditions for farmers were so difficult, churches in rural communities were absolutely critical to connecting troubled farmers to emergency services. Unfortunately, the current farm economy outlook prompts us to ask you for that support again,” says a letter composed by the National Farmers Union and sent to religious leaders in farm country.

  • Trump’s rise and GOP economics may shift Catholic Church’s priorities

    Trump’s rise and GOP economics may shift Catholic Church’s priorities

    • Jan 13, 2017

    With the election of Donald Trump as president and a Republican congress threatening to privatize social services or do away with them, the U.S. bishops may be changing their list of priorities from moral issues such as abortion back to social issues like economic justice and immigration.

  • Pope’s eco-vision not about New Age or syncretism, bishop says

    Pope’s eco-vision not about New Age or syncretism, bishop says

    • May 5, 2016

    ROME— Almost a year after the release of Pope Francis’ ecological manifesto, an Italian prelate insists that the document created an “ecological spirituality” that has nothing to do with New Age tendencies, syncretism, or pantheism. “The sustainability Laudato Si’ speaks about is ecological, humane, and Christian,” said Italian Archbishop Giampaolo

  • Sanders ties advocacy for a 'moral economy' to Pope Francis

    Sanders ties advocacy for a 'moral economy' to Pope Francis

    • Apr 10, 2016

    NEW YORK – Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders invoked the name of Pope Francis Saturday during a campaign appearance at which he touted his own advocacy of a “moral economy” and challenged Hillary Clinton to endorse his plan to expand Social Security benefits by raising taxes on the wealthy. Sanders’s

  • Pope Francis urges officials to avoid an economy of ‘soulless’ machines

    • Jan 20, 2016

    ROME — Well known for his love for the poor, Pope Francis on Wednesday appealed to business and political officials gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos to ensure that what experts call a looming “fourth industrial revolution” doesn’t replace people with “soulless” machines. According to the pontiff, world