American statesman Lyndon LaRouche had an ironic comment, yesterday, on the multiple interventions by Pope Francis into a world facing threats of financial/economic collapse and thermonuclear war. The Pontiff has publicly called on nations to cease funding and arming combatants in Syria’s civil war; he has prayed for the ability of the Geneva II negotiators to see “their brothers, the Syrian people” in their counterparts in negotiation; and his Vatican delegation to the Geneva talks called, on Jan. 20, for the full involvement of Iran in the negotiation.
“What the Pope is doing will causing panic among some British and other circles,” LaRouche said. “He’s been willing to excuse everyone from having to kiss the Papal ring; but everyone else has to stop kissing the British imperial ass.”
Following on the interventions above, Pope Francis sent a public letter to the participants in the Davos Conference, which returned to the message of his provocative Apostolic Exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium”. He wrote: “In the context of your meeting, I wish to emphasize the importance that the various political and economic sectors have in promoting an inclusive approach which takes into consideration the dignity of every human person and the common good. I am referring to a concern that ought to shape every political and economic decision, but which at times seems to be little more than an afterthought. Those working in these sectors have a precise responsibility towards others, particularly those who are most frail, weak and vulnerable. It is intolerable that thousands of people continue to die every day from hunger, even though substantial quantities of food are available, and often simply wasted.
“Likewise, we cannot but be moved by the many refugees seeking minimally dignified living conditions, who not only fail to find hospitality, but often, tragically, perish in moving from place to place. I know that these words are forceful, even dramatic, but they seek both to affirm and to challenge the ability of this assembly to make a difference. In fact, those who have demonstrated their aptitude for being innovative and for improving the lives of many people by their ingenuity and professional expertise can further contribute by putting their skills at the service of those who are still living in dire poverty.
“What is needed, then, is a renewed, profound and broadened sense of responsibility on the part of all. Business is — in fact — a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life (Evangelii Gaudium, 203). Such men and women are able to serve more effectively the common good and to make the goods of this world more accessible to all. Nevertheless, the growth of equality demands something more than economic growth, even though it presupposes it. It demands first of all a transcendent vision of the person (Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 11), because without the perspective of eternal life, human progress in this world is denied breathing-space (ibid.)….
“I am convinced that from such an openness to the transcendent, a new political and business mentality can take shape, one capable of guiding all economic and financial activity within the horizon of an ethical approach which is truly humane. The international business community can count on many men and women of great personal honesty and integrity, whose work is inspired and guided by high ideals of fairness, generosity and concern for the authentic development of the human family. I urge you to draw upon these great human and moral resources and to take up this challenge with determination and far-sightedness. Without ignoring, naturally, the specific scientific and professional requirements of every context, I ask you to ensure that humanity is served by wealth and not ruled by it.”