Saturday, 14 February 2009
'Try a little prayer'
The recession could pave the way for moral values to replace selfishness within capitalism, the leader of Catholics in England and Wales said.
Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor claimed the financial crisis exposed the problems of a consumerist society where people had become possessed by money.
"It's the end of a certain kind of selfish capitalism," he told The Times.
"One feels very sorry for those losing their jobs but in times of recession people have to rely on friends and neighbours and families and things that really matter to them. That may be a good thing.
The Cardinal expressed his admiration for Gordon Brown for his strong feelings on the widening gap between rich and poor but said he had suggested to the Prime Minister that "pouring money into things is not the only answer".
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