There is a Catholic doctrine on capitalism, but it must be read between the lines of the pontifical texts. It could be summarized as follows: it is possible to operate within capitalist structures, but only to the extent that one does not adopt the behavior that capitalism presupposes. This is a position that requires a certain juggling act. Read More
"We can no longer have faith in the blind forces and invisible hand of the market." This quote is not from a political party manifesto, but an apostolic exhortation by Pope Francis in 2013.
Far from making the sovereign pontiff a Marxist preacher, these comments are in fact in keeping with the social doctrine of the Church which has always eyed the credos of the capitalist economy with a degree of mistrust.
So why are the Pope's positions in economic matters so difficult to read and so rarely discussed, in stark contrast to his stance on bioethics or sexual morality?