More good news coverage of Pope Francis: Rob Asghar at Forbes writes that Francis “may well redefine modern concepts of success, wealth and prestige for our larger society.”
Asghar identifies five areas where Francis might change society’s definition of success:
- Francis is making it easier for ambitious people to value simplicity.
- Francis is changing how we distinguish between “important people” and “unimportant” ones.
- Francis is reintroducing a healthy tension between the concept of virtue and the practice of capitalism.
- Francis is drawing a dividing line between high status and good character.
- Francis is building a path for civil discussion of our worst hot-button issues.
Great story, but it’s too bad the author writes that Francis
is the first global religious leader in maybe centuries to bring up the elephant in the room, which is the tension between the Ayn Rand school of economics and the great world religions such as Christianity.
Uhm, what about Benedict XVI and John Paul II and Paul VI and John XXIII and all the other popes, right back to the beginnings of modern Catholic Social Teaching with Leo XIII in Rerum Novarum (1890)? Maybe we all should read up on Christian Economic Ethics.
But it’s good press from Forbes and we’ll take it.