Usury and the Church

For centuries the Church spoke with strength against usury. Then society changed so much that the message could no longer be heard. The transition from abhorrence to acceptance is best demonstrated by a letter of St. Francis Xavier, the famous 16th-century Catholic missionary and co-founder of the Jesuits, writing to a priest. When in the …

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Would you throw the first stone?

“Show no pity: life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.”1 Option #1: Taking life for life is still necessary to prevent even greater violence. Option #2: The death penalty was only one stage in our history, towards a better world God wants for us. Do we kill …

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