The Post-Renaissance Church of Rome and the Love of Money
What is the rationale for the position that on the one hand legalization of usury is out of the question, but on the other hand the doctrine against usury is denied in how it is applied in fact? This way of supposedly upholding the dogma on usury reduces it to a utopian principle that exists in a spiritual realm that has no concrete application to daily life. How do we say to young people today — for whom the “the love of money is the root of evil” is already a very difficult doctrine — that usury is a terrible wrong and mortal sin, if they know that all the same the Church has created a way of getting around it by permitting Catholics to derive profit from the charging of interest on loans?
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