“This economy kills” or “Pope misunderstands the economy?” Cover Image

„Táto ekonomika zabíja“ alebo „Pápež, ktorý nerozumie ekonomike?“
“This economy kills” or “Pope misunderstands the economy?”

Author(s): Radovan Šoltés
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, Theology and Religion
Published by: VERBUM - vydavateľstvo Katolíckej univerzity v Ružomberku
Keywords: Social doctrine of the Church; Ethics; Economics; Pope Francis; Capitalism;

Summary/Abstract: The exhortation of Pope Francis Evangelii Gaudium brought many ideas and reflections of the contemporary Church, but also the Western world, which has become characterised by a way of economic thinking and acting, that increasingly clashes with borders of social ethics. Francis´ controversial dictum “this economy kills” (EG 53) questions the discourse of contemporary standards in the economic space. But the criticism of the current capitalist economy by Francis is not solitary in the tradition of the social doctrine of the Church, but builds on the previous encyclicals, which also critically assess style of market economy, that does not respect the dignity of the human person. They do not condemn the market economy in itself, but draw attention to the necessary ethical dimension of economics, namely, to serve man and not vice versa.

  • Issue Year: XV/2016
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 5-18
  • Page Count: 14
  • Language: Slovak