Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Dung of the Devil Revisited
ASUNCION, July 11 (Reuters) - Pope Francis appealed to world leaders on Saturday to seek a new economic model to help the poor, and to shun policies that "sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit."
It was the second time during his trip to South America that Francis, the first pope from the region, used a major speech to excoriate unbridled capitalism and champion the rights of the poor.
The Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, has filed a legal challenge to new state legislation that bars the archdiocese from selling headstones at archdiocesan cemeteries.
The New Jersey law was enacted earlier this year, prompted by private sellers of headstones, who complained that the archdiocese was exploiting its non-profit status to drive down prices, corner the market, and put them out of business. The archdiocese, in its legal challenge, characterizes the law as “private economic protectionism.”
The lawsuit challenging the law is being argued by lawyers from the Institute for Justice, a Virginian-based libertarian group. The group reportedly approached the archdiocese, offering to bring the appeal.