Ecology is not something in itself but that for Pope Francis is part of a vision of the whole of the common good of humanity. The Economy of Communion does not discuss entrepreneurship, but the vision of profit, said the President of the Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice Foundation, Domingo Sugranyes Bickel, answering journalists apart from the presentation of the Foundation’s International Prize on February 15, 2017, in the Holy See Press Office, in the presence of Cardinal Reinhard Marx.
In regard to the Economy of Communion, he pointed out: “one thing is the philanthropy of the capitalist world, which is useful, which helps much but has its limitations. Another thing is to transform the economic policies and visions that govern the future of enterprises,” adding that there “are very many businesses that are working in this line,” though he acknowledged that there “are also negative examples.”
The Holy Father “says ‘no’ to an economy that kills, which does not mean that economies kill,” although Francis has the merit of “putting this debate on the table, as had rarely been done in the past.” ”On many occasions he has expressed carefully the role of the businessman in development, and the Economy of Communion does not argue the principle of entrepreneurship but promotes it.”
“We must also remember that our economy was reduced to poverty in a spectacular way, as had never happened in the past, though he acknowledged that “this process of growth creates in turn inequalities, and the new economy that is arising changes profoundly the norms and the concept of work, and it’s possible that it will create new inequalities, although to reduce them, for many years there have been known systems underway through imposition and taxation. But it’s not enough.”
Therefore, “in the Centesimus Annus Foundation, we are promoting a new network of voluntary funds because we believe that the fiscal answer doesn’t resolve everything,” he explained.
In regard to Laudato Si’, he pointed out that it is necessary to understand this global vision of the Holy Father, “in which ecology is not something in itself but is part of the vision of the whole of the common good of humanity.”
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