Zenit - 'The World Seen From Rome'
A Capitalist or Anti-Capitalist Encyclical?
Vatican Aides Present "Caritas in Veritate"
Pope Benedict XVI and British Prime Minister Tony Blair grin & grip at the Vatican.
After leaving office the prominent pro-abortion, pro-same-sex marriage, pro-iraq war 'new' labour politician converted to Catholicism, amid some controversy over whether Bro. Blair had changed any of his previously held points of view.
In this regard, the professor noted that the Church does not propose or develop practical solutions to economic problems, but rather looks at the roots of social conflicts.
"So then is it socialist or capitalist?" the prelate asked. "The characteristic of social doctrine is in the fact of having present all the components of society," he answered.
Cardinal Martino also commented on the Benedict XVI's suggestion to reorganize the United Nations. The Pontiff assured that this measure is necessary "to manage the global economy ...to guarantee the protection of the environment ...to regulate migration ...to protect food security ...to ..."
"This organization should have political, efficient authority to be able to respond to the demands of the world, and this is what John XXIII had already said in 'Pacem in Terris' and Benedict XVI repeated it," said Cardinal Martino.