Finance serving the Common Good and Peace
Bishop Mario Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace
Justícia i Pau altogether with Cristianisme i Justícia holds an annual seminar, which under the title “For a more just world order”, attempts to respond to current issues in the light of the Christian social thought. This year, the seminar has been devoted to finance.
On Friday April 19, the day began with the presentation of the same, by Archbishop Lluís Martínez-Sistach, Cardinal Archbishop of Barcelona, Eduard Ibáñez, Director of Justice and Peace and Llorenç Puig SJ, Director of Cristianisme i Justícia; after this, Bishop Mario Toso, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, made the presentation detailed below.
“The Common Good is constituted by a set of conditions, which are necessary for it to exist. In order to be Common Good some social, economic, legal, religious and cultural conditions are required to enable people, individually; groups; families and nations to realize their full human fulfillment. Among these conditions of realization of the Common Good, financial and monetary conditions are also found.
If certain financial and monetary conditions do not materialize, it is difficult that a fundamental aspect of the Common Good can take place. In the document prepared by the Pontifical Council “Justice and Peace”, the financial-monetary systems have not been demonized, but quite the contrary. They have been defined as “public goods”. Without these “public goods”, i. e., without stable monetary and financial systems, structured ethically, we can not think about making the Common Good of the human family, nor can we think about the sustainable development of all nations.”