The Church as Economist?

With many years of experience in business, I’ve long recognized the complexity of economic issues and the difficulty in grasping how all the moving pieces interact and generate outcomes.  That is why I’ve always had a knee-jerk negative reaction whenever anyone in the Church pronounces on something economic, since even economists frankly can’t agree on their own “science.”  For a slightly different perspective, read this article, triggered by Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation.

We Shouldn’t Turn to the Church for Economic Analysis | The American Catholic.

One comment

  1. Spaniard says:

    Thanks for this article. I had a similar reaction to Benedict’s Caritas in Veritate, in that the more tactical the Holy Father’s recommendation the more disconnected and impractical it seemed to be. We count on the Magisterium to clarify the Church’s moral teaching, and no doubt there is much to learn from Pope Francis in regard to charity and compassion. Nevertheless, we are still accountable for reducing the teaching to practice in our own lives.

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