Religion: Pestilence or Free Initiative?

Aging, portly Count Giuseppe Dalla Torre, editor of the Vatican's semi-official L'Osservatore Romano, chose a sensational moment to write an editorial against capitalism. Assembled in Rome last week for a four-day meeting were delegations of Roman Catholic employers from France, Canada, Belgium, The Netherlands, England and Italy.

In the eyes of the church, Editor Dalla Torre wrote, "capitalism is a social disease and a pestilence . . . Faithfully following divine teaching, the church has fought throughout the centuries against this human passion [for wealth], which together with ambition and the abuse of force represents the trio of humanity's greatest social demons...

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