The Gospel Truth

The Many Faces of Greed

November 1, 2011
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There was an official report at the Vatican October 23, 2011 on greed that should leave virtually every thinking Catholic in the world shaking his or her head about this preposterous position taken by the leaders of the Church.

The Vatican called for the establishment of a global public authority and a central world bank to rule over financial institutions that have become outdated and often ineffective in dealing fairly with crises.

This makes me wonder where the Vatican officials have been the last 50 years.

It is precisely government that has precipitated the greed that floods the world.

They are looking to government, and more government to solve a problem it is largely responsible for

It called for the establishment of a supranational authority with worldwide scope and universal jurisdiction to guide economic policies and decisions.

Were I dare to breathe the words conspiracy, or New World Order people would be all over me.

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A pipe dream or a conspiracy?

This does remind me of a recent story that someone told me about running into Cardinal Burke, who said the 7 o’clock Mass at Annunziata yesterday before my Mens Bible Study.

She asked him, half jokingly  if he had run into any Masons in Rome.

He just rolled his eyes and shook his head in the affirmative.

Does make you wonder.

The Vatican’s inept understanding of economic affairs makes one wonder if their social and theological ideas are that sound.

Ronald Reagan got it right in the 1980s when he said that government is not the answer but the problem.

Look at any problem from the environment, energy, job creation and the bursting bubbles in housing, medicine and education and you will find the heavy-handed fist of government.

Can you say Post Office?

What galls me is that even most conservatives will say,  that all this mismanagement was an honest mistake.

I am convinced that government knows exactly the consequences of tax increases on the wealthy and eventually the middle class, the dark side of supply and demand and the hidden taxes of inflation.

They want economic crises so that they can blame the devastating results on their enemies, who they describe as heartless and greedy.

I believe that greed has many faces and permeates all of us because of original…including our teachers, students and even our clerics.

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Just one of greed's many faces

I submit that no institution is more greedy than the United States government, led by its socialist president, who wants to destroy the middle class, private property, the Christian religion and the family.

Virtually every one of his policies are designed to add a new mandate and responsibility to his enemies so that the system collapses and his power can fill the resultant vacuum.

It has been greedy politicians, hungry for more power and the accouterments that flow with that power that has sent the world in turmoil.

Burton Folsom’s new book on Franklin Roosevelt, FDR Goes to War illustrates this point.

Several Democrat expressed the view that the government always has a moral if not actual lien on all our income.

 A moral lien?  From where did that come?

Certain not from any of our governing documents, such as the Constitution?

And most certainly…not from God!!!

We are a government of laws, not self-righteous men.

Former Kentucky Senator Benjamin Happy but Stupid Chandler, who later became the commissioner of Baseball–he failed at that as well–echoes the statements of Elizabeth Warren, when he said all of us owe the government.

Was happy because he had our money

We owe them for everything we have–and the government can take everything we have if they need it.

They are not representatives of the people but have more in common with the Russian commissars of old.

And when the government needs our money–and they will ALWAYS need our money, it will use the penalty of imprisonment to get it.

It is obvious that these attitudes still prevail among big government advocates.

And what about the churches?

Many have latched their stars onto the government and feed their own greed so they can help the poor.

But at what expense?  What does a perpetual childhood do to the poor and the indolent?

Will government largesse, confiscated from others, help they attain eternal salvation?

The Vatican document also condemned what it called the idolatry of the market as well as a neo-liberal thinking” that it said looked exclusively at technical solutions to economic problems.

How about the idolatry of government?

An idolatry of world government at the Vatican Museum?

I guess the Vatican thinks that is OK.

In fact, the crisis has revealed behaviours like selfishness, collective greed and hoarding of goods on a great scale.

I guess by hording they mean  business’s failure to invest in the uncertainty of the economic times, because of the invasive policies of government.

To me that is not hording, but showing a proper stewardship over one’s finances in the time of crisis.

it said, adding that world economics needed an ethic of solidarity among rich and poor nations.

This sounds like Karl Marx more than Jesus Christ.

And are the thugs that President Obama or his associates at Wall Street and at Tea Parties showing any kind of ethic?

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From cradle to grave

They sound more like bullies and petulant children who are the direct result of a Nanny State that has to blow our collective noses.

It is always the business leaders that are condemned because of their following their own self-interests in serves the forces of Mammon

We are continually reminded of Gordon Gekko, the anti-hero of not one but two Wall Street movies.

His words greed is good, have been emblazoned on the minds of all socialists, Marxists and central=planners, who are threatened by freedom of the open market.

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An icon for every American

They would rather see the entire globle dance to their one-world tune and live in the squalor that has kept down third world countries all over the globe than allow individual to use their business acumen to make the world a better place.

But Gekko is more moral than all government and church leaders clamoring for Wall Street’s largesse because at least he used his wit and brain to earn it, not seize it through force.

The Report also warns If no solutions are found to the various forms of injustice, the negative effects that will follow on the social, political and economic level will be destined to create a climate of growing hostility and even violence, and ultimately undermine the very foundations of democratic institutions, even the ones considered most solid.

To this I say that government as we know it under Obama has already undermined the constitutional process and is ready to foment violence to enact its dictatorial will on a largely clueless public.

It pains me that my Church seems to have gone far off its track and forgotten that its main function in the world is to be a beacon of moral truth, not economic  and political propaganda.

It is here primarily to save individual souls not follow some utopian fantasy as the elimination of poverty.

The churches should be warning all iof us about the faces staring back at us in our mirrors.

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What do you see?


About author

After graduating from Holy Cross, Bill Borst earned an MA in Asian History from St. John's University and a Ph.D in American History from St. Louis University. (1972) A former New Yorker, he taught for many years in the St. Louis area, while also hosting a weekly radio show on WGNU from 1984-2006. He currently is a regular substitute for conservative Phyllis Schlafly on KSIV radio. (1320) He is the author of two books on social history, "Liberalism: Fatal Consequences," and "The Scorpion and the Frog: A Natural Conspiracy." He just retired as the Features editor of the Mindszenty Foundation Monthly Report. In his 11 years from 2003-2013 he wrote nearly 130 essays on Catholic culture and world affairs. Many in St. Louis also know him as the "Baseball Professor," because of a course that he offered at Maryville College from 1973-74. It was arguably the first fully-accredited baseball history course in the Midwest.The author of several short books on the old St. Louis Browns, he started the St. Louis Browns Historical Society in 1984. In 2009 his first two plays were produced on the local stage. "The Last Memory of an Ol' Brownie Fan," ran six performances at the Sound Stage in Crestwood and "A Perfect Choice" ran for two performances at the Rigali Center Theater in Shrewsberry. His third play, "A Moment of Grace," ran six performances at DeSmet High School in January of 2011with First Run Theater in January of 2011. He is currently working on a 4th play, "A Family Way," which is a comedy about a happy dysfunctional family. He can reached at