No, the pope didn’t write about this blog (“Caelum et Terra” = Heaven and Earth”), but he did write a wide-ranging book on many things a couple of years ago. This has been issued in English, and is the first look at Francis’ thought before his election. I’m still getting used to citing the National Catholic Reporter, but hey, John Allen has made a name as the journalist of note regarding all things Vatican. Here he is on the Francis on economics and justice:
‘Francis begins by highlighting the problem of global warming as an example of humanity becoming “overly zealous” and losing respect for nature. He calls it the result of a “constructivist” ethic, in which humanity forgets that it has received creation as a gift from God.
In a chapter on economics, Francis says the church condemns both Communism and “wild Capitalism … with equal vigor.” He asserts that Capitalism harbors a “spiritual perversion” that seeks to “tame transcendence,” seeking to co-opt religion for its own ends.
The pope warns that without a robust defense of the poor at its heart, Christianity risks becoming a “lukewarm, weak and mediocre church.”
Francis also clearly endorses the concept of “social debt,” meaning the idea that business people have a responsibility to serve the societies in which they operate. He says that social debt must be considered part of every transaction.’