Martin Mallon (Ireland)
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article, by Turlough Quinn, published in the local papers of the
went to say a mouthful of prayers the other day. The wife and I headed off to
Mass the other morning, Thursday I think it was. We go every day. We reckon that
if Jesus goes to the bother of coming to us in Mass we may as well make the
effort to go and meet him.
Anyway, I listened to the gospel. I try to do so everyday but sometimes my mind drifts. Now, where was I? Yes, talking about
On his way out he met a man who owed him a few quid for rent. He threatened to bankrupt him and to put him on the street. He would not grant mercy to the man who owed him a few quid.
Silly story really, unless you’re a homeowner facing eviction by a bank which has recently received bailout money and you’re paying taxes to keep in business. Something about Jesus makes his teaching as relevant today as it was then.
is good to see someone talk, with a Christian perspective, about the banking
crisis, which has had, and continues to have, a huge effect on peoples’ lives
wee Irishman made his views clear to Pat Rabbitte…Minister of Communications
in our beloved
wee Irishman whose name the Garda have not made public, castigated Comrade
Rabbitte about the state of the nation. “Four people dying by suicide a week
while we pay back foreign bankers,” he repeatedly shouted at Comrade Pat.
Irish Government has lost any sense of the country’s Christian heritage and
appears to be doing all it can to appease international bankers and bond
holders; the cost to the Irish people is being overlooked, even when there are “Four
people dying by suicide a week while we pay back foreign bankers.”
the same article there is comment on the economic woes of the eurozone area of
is in recession, Spain is officially in a worse state than America during the
Imagine you have a family. One of the children gets in to a bit of bother. You bail them out. Do you demand full repayment and threaten to exclude them from the family home if they cannot repay in full? Would you leave your son homeless because he borrowed a few quid from another son and couldn’t repay? Not much of a family that is it.
Well, that’s exactly what
Here’s a question for you. What kind of a reception would the prodigal son have gotten in the Merkel household?
being Angela Merkel the German Chancellor. Again, Christian teachings would seem
to be of little relevance to European politicians with each country only
interested in what their government thinks is best for them. The euro was set up
with no mechanism for a country to exit, but there is currently speculation that
new system is badly needed, one where governments do not depend on bankers for
advice on regulating the banking industry and where governments are not scared
of the banks. How this can be generated if Christian values, such as the human
dignity and value of each person as being made in the image of God, are ignored
is a difficult question to answer. Any suggestions?