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Catholics and capitalism

07 June 2017

 

Catholics and capitalism
I find it surprising that Carmody Grey argues that capitalism has made it difficult for it to sink in that we are all members of one body in the Church (Column, 3 June).

The way in which we provide for our many and varied earthly needs is bound to be different from the way in which the Church is organised to point us towards our common destiny. Indeed, families and other social and cultural institutions do not share the universal structure of the Church.

As the great capitalist philosophers have said, capitalism is a system of human cooperation. Indeed, the purpose of competition is to find the best forms of cooperation in the economic sphere. The service team in the sandwich shop chain Pret all have a common purpose – to serve customers well, and that is shared with the owners, the supply chain and so on.





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