â€œMoney,â€ he said, â€œis the devilâ€™s dung.â€
â€œIt is not easy to talk about money,â€ Francis said.
He quoted Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said â€œMoney is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a personâ€™s choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave.â€
He stared new ways had to be found to stop greed,â€œfueled by the powers that govern the economic and financial policies of the globalized world, whose center is the god of money.â€
In September 2013, the Pope used similar tough language to slam wealth.
â€œMoney becomes an idol and you worship it. This is why Jesus tells us: â€˜You cannot serve the idol of money and the living God.â€™ Either one or the other.â€ Francis called money â€œthe devilâ€™s dung,â€ saying that â€œit turns us into idolaters, sickens our mind with pride and makes us enthusiasts of frivolous things that pull us away from the faith.â€
He praised the cooperatives, and the Pope admitted for them to grow that : â€œTo do all these things requires money!â€
He stated â€œprofit is not a god, but only a compass and a yardstick of business.â€ [More]