Vatican City, May 3, 2019 / 09:22 am America/Denver (CNA).
Pope Francis Friday offered a critique of captialism’s impact on the environment, calling for a response that hears “the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.”
“The precarious condition of our common home has been the result largely of a fallacious economic model that has been followed for too long,” Pope Francis said May 3.
Francis called this economic model “profit-oriented, shortsighted, and based on the misconception of unlimited economic growth,” and said that it results in a “disastrous impact on the natural world.”
“Economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to [...] the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment,” he said.
Pope Francis offered his reflection on the environment and the economy in an audience with the participants in the meeting, “Mining for the Common Good,” organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development.