Religious Republicans take center stage for the Presidential Primary, despite their great divide over Christian beliefs. While American conservatives call for even more deregulation, Pope Benedict XVI is calling for a more equitable, fair, and regulated economy, saying “[T]he economy cannot be measured only by maximization of profit but rather according to the common good.”
In a 2009 treatise, Benedict further explained his economic views, which called for protection for “labour unions”, which have always been encourages and supported by the Church,” the elimination of world hunger through “wealth redistribution,” the protection of the “natural environment” – “God’s gift to everyone” – from unchecked economic expansion, and strengthened “family of nations”, like the U.N. with “real teeth.”
So why is there a discrepancy between American conservative’s beliefs and the Vatican’s dogma?
Benedict explains, “Indeed, there are many who, creating their own gods, believe they need no roots or foundations other than themselves,” he warned. “They take it upon themselves to decide what is true or not, what is good and evil, what is just and unjust; who should live and who can be sacrificed in the interests of other preferences.”