(RNS) Thomas Piketty advocated for the kind of tax that would help the working class that elected Donald Trump. The bad news for the president-elect is that it is a solution that has actually been a part of Islam for the past 1,400 years in what is known as zakat.
(RNS) In a new interview, the insurgent Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders continues to wrap himself in the pontiff’s mantle. But does that mean Catholics can “feel the Bern” in the voting booth?
(RNS) A three-word tweet from Pope Francis — in Latin — about inequality left some conservatives dazed and confused over Catholic teachings on economics, or rather Pope Francis’ interpretation of them.
“If you have a problem with Pope Francis, you have a problem with Jesus.” — Father Jim Martin on The Colbert Report
In the wake of Pope Francis’s remarks about the destructive nature of capitalism and the Christian imperative for the rich to give to the poor, the Catholic Church is in danger of losing some big-name (and deep-pocket) donors. Late in November, Francis issued a Papal Exhortation, a sort of extended opinion piece, which had some harsh words for those who believe trickle-down economics will yield greater inclusiveness:
“Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase.” So, last night, Jim Martin (official chaplain of The Colbert Report and a Jesuit priest) visited Mr. Colbert to talk about economic injustice and the Catholic church.