Monday, October 24, 2011

On the Other Hand

Upon further reflection, I have a few concerns about the Vatican's document on the economy.  (See yesterday's post for info and links.)

The document is vague enough for people to read into it what they want, politically. That's not a good thing with our current economy as seriously stalled as it is.

 It is also a bit Utopian. I have concerns that this wouldn't be able to work in the "real" world--especially with rich nations such as the United States.  At the moment, we can't straighten out our own political system and I don't currently have much confidence that we could be a part of an international financial authority without looking after our own interests to the detriment of poorer nations.  I think the document's authors were thinking of a way to get Europe to focus on its financial difficulties but over-reached a bit. The Utopian nature of a document like this is to be expected (it is from the Church after all) but their attempt to propose specific, political solutions is problematic. It is a common problem with Western theology.  (How many angels can fit on the head of a pin...)

It is ironic that the document calls for a world banking authority and also for subsidiarity--doing things at the most local level possible!  Knowing how large organizations often end up, a far-reaching body like this would likely prevent things from happening at the local level.

I'm wondering if some of the problems in  this document aren't a symptom of some more systemic issues--a top-heavy hierarchy that is by definition a bit separated from the everyday goings-on of local people.  The average person-in-the-pew right now is virtually begging the bishops to become humble followers of Christ--admit their mistakes, learn from their mistakes and become true servant-leaders in the style of Jesus.

Our Church needs that.  Our world needs that.  



Anonymous said...

I haven't read the original document, but your comments at the end really resonate.

Staying in Balance said...

I read a comment that said the document seems to forget that the world is a fallen one.

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