Tag : Economics

Written on Jan, 22, 2016 by in | Leave a comment

Too often, caring for the poverty leads to the unintended consequence of leaving people in poverty. How to minimize what we all agree is an undesirable is at the heart of the Templeton Award winning documentary, Poverty, Inc. Here’s an interview with the film’s co-producer, Mark Weber. The film Poverty Inc., which features interviews with community leaders, business people, farmers, and …

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The canons of the Church affirm the fundamental moral goodness of property. That doesn’t mean that all uses of property are equally virtuous (or sinful).

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Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XLIV: Let a bishop, presbyter, or deacon, who takes usury from those who borrow of him, give up doing so, or be deposed.   First Nicea (325) Canon XVII: Forasmuch as many enrolled among the Clergy, following covetousness and lust of gain, have forgotten the divine Scripture, which says, “He hath not given his …

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Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XXIX: If any bishop, presbyter, or deacon, shall obtain possession of that dignity by money, let both him and the person who ordained him be deposed, and also altogether cut off from all communion, as Simon Magus was by me, Peter.   First Nicea (325) Canon XII: As many as were called by grace, …

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Written on Aug, 07, 2015 by in | 1 Comment.

Canons of the Holy Apostles Canon XL: Let the private goods of the bishop, if he have any such, and those of the Lord, be clearly distinguished, that the bishop may have the power of leaving his own goods, when he dies, to whom he will, and how he will, and that the bishop’s own property may not be lost …

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Gangraean Council (340) Canon 21: We state these things, not by way of cutting off from the Church of God persons wishing to exercise themselves ascetically in accordance with the Scriptures, but those who take the matter of ascetic exercises as something to be proud of, and who regard those living and conducting themselves in an easier manner disdainfully, and …

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The bishops in the early Church were not content to limit their moral teaching on economic matters to general principles. They put numbers on the table and condemn specific business practices as unjust or contrary to “doing good.”

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Written on Aug, 03, 2015 by in | Leave a comment

There’s been some interesting conversation recently about Seattle based CEO Dan Price’s decision to pay all of his employees a minimum annual salary of $70,000 (for more see here). Though well intentioned, Price’s business plan has evidently undermined the profitabiity of his business–this at least is what his brother claims in lawsuit (here). I think his brother is likely correct …

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