Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Pope on the financial crisis

From a story in the London Times, the Pope casts the financial crisis in terms of the gospel.

"Pope Benedict XVI today said that the global credit crisis shows that the world's financial systems are "built on sand" and that only the works of God have "solid reality".

Opening a Synod of Bishops in the Vatican the Pope referred to a passage from St Matthew's Gospel on false prophets, saying ''He who builds only on visible and tangible things like success, career and money builds the house of his life on sand''."

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Have American pastors being saying things like this? If so, I've missed it (but I do miss a lot). It's almost unAmerican to see any good in people losing money.

2 comments:

Brandon H. said...

This is the first I've heard/read about this metaphor being used. I have heard/read about American pastors preaching that the crisis is part of the End of the World--as "proven" by parallels to Revelation and what they believe are points about the rapture.

I think I prefer the Pope's metaphor and theology much more than the Apocalyptic scare tactic in this case.

Brad Wright said...

Yes, I do too. I'm not a big fan of Apocalyptic preaching...