Pope: Greed triggered economic crisis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Greed is the source of the current global economic crisis, Pope Benedict XVI said April 22 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

“It is precisely greed that insinuates to us that having is the highest good” in life and yet it is greed that distorts the purpose of material goods and destroys the world, he said.

The pope’s catechesis focused on a little-known, eighth-century Benedictine monk, Abbot Ambrose Autpert.

The French-born abbot lived during a time marked by strong political tensions, nationalism and tribalism, which affected life within the monasteries, he said.

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