by Michael Smith (Veshengro)
In his New Year speech His Holiness Pope Benedict denounces unregulated capitalism as the problem in our world.
As said, every now and then even this Pope gets it right and the Bible has a piece on it where it says “The love of money is the root of all evil” and this is true.
It does not, as often misquoted, that money is evil not that money, per se, is the root of all evil. Only in the right context must we see it but today's capitalism and the banks are beset with the “love of money”.
The Vatican, however, should also have a close look at its own doorstep. The bank of the Vatican is also not without and the same “love of money” exists there, and in the Church itself.
The Scripture also has a section on that where it talks about being concerned about the speck in one's brother's eye while there is a large beam in one's own eye.
If the Holy Father wants to talk moral authority then it is time, despite the fact that he is right, to clean up the mess in his own house, that of the Vatican and the Church, before he comes calling elsewhere which broom in hand.
Having said this, it is true that the love of money, and unregulated capitalism, is the greatest problem the world faces and everything else is, basically, linked to that.