The Church certainly denounces unscrupulous capitalism. But not all capitalists are unscrupulous. No one has ever spoken more strongly and soundly on the abuses of capitalism than Pope Leo XIII. He upheld the rights of labor, denounced the injustice of many amongst the wealthy classes, and laid down rules which men can refuse to follow only so long as they refuse to follow the dictates of conscience itself. Meantime, the Church justifies her faith in her Founder by holding fast to all His teachings. She imitates His wisdom when the world tries to entangle her. You will remember how His enemies asked Him concerning the payment of taxes. If He said, “You must pay tribute,” they hoped that the Jews would curse Him. If He said, “You must not pay tribute,” they hoped that the Romans would arrest Him. Jesus therefore replied, “Give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s.” The Catholic Church says, “Give to the working man all that to which he has a right, and to owners all that is theirs.” Every man has his conscience, whether employer or worker, and the Church tells men that they must be faithful to their conscience. If they will not, even God will not force them to obey His dictates. How then can you expect the Catholic Church to succeed in making them do so?
Radio Replies Volume 1 by Rev. Dr. Leslie Rumble MSC and Rev. Charles Mortimer Carty
The Case for Catholicism - Answers to Classic and Contemporary Protestant Objections
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