The pope talks economics


Carlos Alberto Montaner’s Dec. 24 column, Pope Francis, Michelle Bachelet and the market, brought two questions to mind: How can corporate leaders spur growth while being ecologically and socially responsible? What is the best way to get governments to assist in the natural redistribution of wealth, in light of their inclination toward inefficiency and corruption?

Pope Francis’ recent breakfast with three homeless people was benevolent and inspirational. Again and again, he is proving to be a breath of fresh air as a world religious leader. This, however, begs a third question: How can his voice be heard in matters of economics? It is my humble advice that he turn an ear toward people such as Michael Novak, Bill and Melinda Gates — or even Carlos Alberto Montaner — in educating himself about economic principles and foundations.

John F. Adams, Miami

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