I'm afraid to say that the Cardinal's spiel read like flannel to me.
What we need are traders in the global market who actually believe they will be tormented for eternity by a thousand devils for any gross actions of cupidity and for a few thousand millenniums for minor misdemeanors such as robbing one poor widow of her mite. Nothing less will do as I see it.
Prof. Skinner would agree I'm sure: him being a decent chap, if only to spare himself the distasteful scenes necessary for his atheist solution to the problem.
Absolution being available starting from 10% of uncharitable gains. (Enquiries to 111-1111-11-111. Call will be charged at £2 per minute from landlines etc etc....)
Do you happen to know whether the Cardinal traveled Business Class to the US?
Some wags might think it was deep irony. Not unlike the explanation given on CBS News for the power outage at the Superbowl: "a malfunction of the power supply system in the stadium".
Capitalism, especially in the US, has been wrestling with those sorts of grandiose phrases since the incorporation mania of the late 19th century. W.J.Bryan having, as I understand it, the thickest finger in the dyke for a time.
On the one hand there is the fear of corporation magnates expressing their free individuality in seeking to own the country and establishing a hereditary aristocracy; not having to remain celibate, and on the other the temper of the masses regarding the toleration of the burdens they are driven to shoulder. Scylla and Charybdis so to speak if you don't mind my flashing my erudition.
Do you know whether senior clerics could stand for Congress?