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Fri Jan 23, 2015, 09:11 AM


Teaching Capitalism to Catholics

Why I’m joining Charles Koch and others in funding a program to teach about free markets.

The Catholic University of America campus Photo: Getty Images

By Tim Busch
Jan. 22, 2015 6:51 p.m. ET

The dean of the Catholic University of America’s School of Business and Economics recently approached me with an idea: A research and educational program focused on the compatibility of capitalism and Catholicism. On Thursday the university announced a $3 million grant to fund this vision.

It makes perfect sense that CUA would want to teach this topic to business leaders. Free markets have liberated more people from poverty than any other force in history. But they must also be buttressed by moral principles, such as those taught in the Catholic Church.

The notion of such compatibility is troubling for some. In 2013, the Charles Koch Foundation pledged grants at CUA’s request for similar studies exploring principled entrepreneurship, which prompted condemnation from a number of Catholic “social justice” groups. Catholic “activists” sent the university a letter alleging that free-market positions “are in direct conflict with traditional Catholic values.”

Catholic University president John Garvey and Business School Dean Andrew Abela responded in these pages by arguing that returning the grant would “stifle debate by pretending that genuinely controversial positions are official church teaching.” Happily, the Charles Koch Foundation is among the supporters of this new program, along with business leaders such as Frank Hanna, Sean Fieler and Michael Millette.


Fuck this.

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Response to rug (Original post)

Fri Jan 23, 2015, 01:15 PM

1. Jesus said to his disciples:

“No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other.” — Matthew vi. 24.

“No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.” — Luke xvi.13.

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Response to rustbeltvoice (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 23, 2015, 03:07 PM

2. Acts 4


32 The community of believers was of one heart and mind, and no one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.

33 With great power the apostles bore witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great favor was accorded them all.

34 There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale,

35 and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need

It's in my sig line. Marx said the same thing, "from each according to ability to each according to need."

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Response to rug (Reply #2)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 12:28 PM

3. That's one of those parts of the New T that's missing from GOP bibles


Either it's been redacted or torn out all together.

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Response to 47of74 (Reply #3)

Sat Jan 24, 2015, 03:38 PM

4. They just put it with the apocrypha.


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