Profit-driven economic system ‘denies human dignity’

Cardinal Peter Turkson (CNS/Paul Haring)

The rise of popular movements around the world is proof that today’s profit-driven economic system fails to place human dignity at its centre, said Cardinal Peter Turkson. Source: CNS.

Addressing the World Meeting of Popular Movements, which was held online on Saturday, Cardinal Turkson, prefect of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, said there are “inequalities, lack of access to health care, cruel economic systems and that is why the (coronavirus) exposes us to many other pandemics that must be addressed”.

“They all have one thing in common: they undermine human dignity in all structures of our countries, (and) we must repair them,” the cardinal said.

Cardinal Turkson also highlighted Pope Francis’ recent encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship,” which he called an “appropriate and apt” response to the “inequalities and the deficits in dignity in which we find ourselves today”.

The annual meeting, which brought together participants from a variety of grassroots organisations of the poor, the underemployed, indigenous communities and farmworkers, was held virtually due to the coronavirus pandemic.


Cardinal Turkson: Human dignity not at centre of current global economy (By Junno Arocho Esteves, CNS)

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