Pope Benedict XVI in a New Year address has attacked rampant capitalism around the World. Giving thanks to those who try to make peace around the world he has blamed unregulated capitalism as creating tensions and affecting global stability.
The Pope addressed those attending a Vatican Mass before speaking to the crowds outside. The 85-year-old Pope prayed for peace, that so elsuive state of being for all too many.
The BBC have reported that he said,
There are "hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor". Those "hotbeds" also grew out of "the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism", as well as "various forms of terrorism and crime"
Past Popes have steered away from becoming embroiled in politics. This led to many accusations against the Catholic Church during the terror reign in Germany of Adolf Hitler. There are many who claim that Hitler was a Catholic. There are also images online such as the one shown below which appear to show Herr Hitler hand in glove literally with a Pope. That may or may not have been the case.
Pope Benedict appears more controversial on the surface. In December he spoke out about gay marriage. Whether this means that in a case such as Nazi Germany in the past he would stand up and be counted is not known.
Do the Pope's words carry any clout? People will choose to interperet what he said in ways that suit themselves. The Holy Roman Catholic Church itself is a wealthy organisation caught in earthly trappings. Look at the glitz that surrounds the Catholic church and you will not see a humble religion struggling to make ends meet.
All of that said we tend to agree that unregulated banking systems and more have added to the economic crisis and instability. In the UK previous Tory governments de-regulated many industries and we all continue to pay the price. Whilst Cameron and his cohorts preach austerity they shy away from putting much needed regulation back in place.
We all pray for peace, even if you have no religion it is a hope and a wish, but it will not come easily. It will take a change of heart by many. This ultimately means that it will remain elusive for the majority.