Williams Said Jesus Would Be Siding with Occupy Movement

LONDON (RNS) Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams says Jesus would have joined protesters from the anti-corporate Occupy movement who have been camped outside London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral for more than seven weeks. In a British magazine, the leader of the world’s...

Bowing Down to the God of Economic Liberty

A friend reminded me awhile back that when the Pharisees were trying to trick Jesus in order to entrap him during that last week of his earthly life, he finessed their own entrapment. The question the Pharisees raised was simple: Is it, or is it not, lawful to pay...

Pope, in Spain, Laments Hedonism, Greedy Economy

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI lamented the “superficiality, consumerism and hedonism” of contemporary society on Thursday (Aug. 18), while offering a message of Christian hope to young Catholic pilgrims gathered in Madrid. Benedict made his remarks upon landing...

How You Can Be Greedy Without Being Rich

Any casual reader of the Gospels knows that Jesus said a great deal about wealth and possessions. In fact, he said more about money and care for the poor than any other subject. Jesus constantly provoked his hearers with radical ideas about wealth and possessions –...