“Thus says the LORD: “For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment; because they sell the righteous for silver, and the needy for a pair of shoes– 7 they that trample the head of the poor into the dust of the earth, and turn aside the way of the afflicted.” Amos 2:6-7.
Fun fact: it turns out there are actually *four* sins that cry to heaven for vengeance. One of them–sodomy–we hear a lot about. We also hear about wilful murder when the victim is unborn (not so much when she is a Pakistani four year old).
But we almost never hear about the other two:
- Oppression of the poor esp. widows, orphans and strangers for which the Catechism of the Catholic Church cites Exodus 22:20–23.
- Defrauding laborers of their wages – based on Deut 24:14–15 and James 5:4
That stuff is typically relegated to the realm of “prudential judgement”, which (I am assured) is Latin for “feel free to ignore the Church if it seems to threaten your tribe’s views on economics”. After that, we simply can dismiss it with a blithe assurance that ordination is not an economics degree and when the Church intrudes on the “science” of economics she is committing a silly Euroweenie overreach. Bishops need to get back to telling liberals what they should do with their groins, not telling capitalists what they can’t do to the desperate.