Pope Francis Addresses Economic Issues

photo by Servizio Fotografico de “L’O.R.”Antigua St. John's - Pope Francis has urged Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the Holy See, His Excellency Sir David Shoul not to forget the predominance of ethics in the economy and in social life, emphasizing the value of solidarity and the centrality of the human being.

Pope Francis was at the time speaking after the presentation of credential letters by Ambassador David Shoul and the Ambassadors from Kyrgyzstan, Luxenbourg and Botswana to the Holy See.
“Our human family,” the Pope said, “is presently experiencing something of a turning point in its own history, if we consider the advances made in various areas. We can only praise the positive achievements which contribute to the authentic welfare of mankind, in fields such as those of health, education and communications. At the same time, we must also acknowledge that the majority of the men and women of our time continue to live daily in situations of insecurity, with dire consequences. Certain pathologies are increasing, with their psychological consequences; fear and desperation grip the hearts of many people, even in the so-called rich countries; the joy of life is diminishing; indecency and violence are on the rise; poverty is becoming more and more evident. People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way. One cause of this situation, in my opinion, is in the our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society. Consequently the financial crisis which we are experiencing makes us forget that its ultimate origin is to be found in a profound human crisis. In the denial of the primacy of human beings! We have created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”

“The worldwide financial and economic crisis,” the pontiff observed, “seems to highlight their distortions and above all the gravely deficient human perspective, which reduces men and women to just one of their needs alone, namely, consumption. Worse yet, human beings themselves are nowadays considered as consumer goods which can be used and thrown away. We have started down the path of a disposable culture. This tendency is seen on the level of individuals and whole societies; and it is being promoted! In circumstances like these, solidarity, which is the treasure of the poor, is often considered counterproductive, opposed to the logic of finance and the economy. While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling. This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good. A new, invisible and at times virtual, tyranny is established, one which unilaterally and irremediably imposes its own laws and rules.”
During the presentation of credentials, Ambassador David Shoul and Lady Shoul presented Pope Francis with a boat carved by sculptor Carl Henry from Antiguan wood and the endocarp (shell) of a coconut, on behalf of the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda.
Pope Francis in his message to the faithful in Antigua and Barbuda, urged them to continue their courageous and joyful witness of faith and fraternal love in accordance with Christ’s teaching. “Be afraid to offer your contribution to the development of your country, through initiatives and attitudes inspired by the Sacred Scriptures!” Pope Francis concluded.
Excerpts taken from catholicphilly.com

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RE: Pope Francis Addresses Economic Issues

#7 GoodJobBob » 2013-05-17 15:27

"predominance of ethics in the economy" ???? Did the Holy See have investments in SIB CD's?????



#6 Jackie Spence » 2013-05-17 13:39

Message to the Pope: Keep the Ambassador up there. He is no use to poor people down here. He needs to answer for the Wadadli Power Plant "rip-off"! Oh...and the outrageous cost of roadwork around the stadium!

Sir he is an embar**ment to the Church!

Jackie Spence


#5 AN ANTIGUAN » 2013-05-17 11:38

i am always amazed as an Antiguan why is it that all these Arabs, who are in minority among us are always pushed in the forefront of the social circle in our country. All of the use their money to buy political positions from our uncle Tom politicians. We have black people among us who bare brighter than these Ambassadors. They are academic achievers but not White enough to be on the forefront of our Country's high offices. What is Shoul's qualification? We have young kids qualified in international relations. They went to University, he went to school . Give me a damn aspirin !


@ Bishop Francis

#4 Boobey » 2013-05-17 11:00

How does this work? Shouldn't you have consulted with the Prime Minister and he ask you to submit a few (5?) names of upstanding Catholics to suggest from? I'm sure you would have been hard pressed to p[ick someone that is so embroiled in this WPP mess. At the same time I would think that when the Prime Minister suggested the name to you that you would have asked him to pick someone less political and controversial.

I wonder if he going to help you draft the "Code of Conduct" for the Elections? This needs to stop! Money should not be the means to an end! Bishop, why you think the Pope spoke to him about "ethics in the economy"? Sad to say, but I think you may have caused the Pope some embar**ment!

I guess that Caribarena is read in the Vatican too? :-x :-x :-x


Lord I pray for my sins

#3 Parishoner » 2013-05-17 08:41

Maybe he said to PM......for all that I have doen the least you can do for me is to give me a title so I can get a presence with the pope and confess whatever I am accused of doing wrong as I see the writing is on the wall and I will have no part of that.


@ The Fly

#2 Skyewill » 2013-05-17 08:08

Well Said. I am yet to figure out what benefit this charade has bought to the people of Antigua and Barbuda. I can assure you that the Vatican did it's research and they know all about the issue of the WPP hence the message of ethics. I agree with you and the day will come. In my many research efforts I have never found a time when men did unethical acts ever got away with it and at some point in time this also will come to pass.


RE: Pope Francis Addresses Economic Issues

#1 The Fly » 2013-05-17 07:11

Pope Francis has urged Antigua and Barbuda’s Ambassador to the Holy See, His Excellency Sir David Shoul not to forget the predominance of ethics in the economy and in social life

Somebody please tell the Pope about the Wadali Power Plant rip-off! What a total farce! This is a slap in the face of all Catholics in Antigua and Barbuda.

David - God doesn't sleep! You going have to face the music, and neither Baldwin nor your new best friend Asot will be able to keep you from the Public Inquiry into the WPP!

Even your presence at Gaston's wedding - where you sat at a table at the back of the room - won't save you. As sure as the sun will rise, you will face the music...all in time. SMH!

The Fly

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