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I was wondering about that and why this part of the Bible was never or rarely mentioned. Even looking at the follwing message, that part of seems not to be mentioned.

In Christmas Message, German Churches Attack 'Greed Culture' | Germany | Deutsche Welle | 24.12.2008

In their Christmas message, Germany's Protestant and Catholic churches warned that "money has become God"and called for a return to non-materialistic values and urged bank managers to be more prudent.

Wolfgang Huber, Germany's top Protestant Bishop, on Wednesday sharply criticized the strong profit-driven focus and "culture of greed " of individual bank managers and executives.

Huber, who represents around 25 million Protestants in Germany, said banks needed to give more priority to "sustainable value-building" rather than to short-term financial gain and hefty bonuses for its managers.

"Money has become akin to God in the current situation," Huber told daily Berliner Zeitung.

by Fran (fran at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Dec 25th, 2008 at 09:03:42 AM EST
Absolutely. Any clergycritter who can talk about "sustainable value-building" is obviously missing the point.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Dec 25th, 2008 at 10:13:30 AM EST
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In his favour, at least he has nothing against letting people who have not paid their church tax attend Christmas Mass, unlike certain conservative politicians.

Gottesdienste nur für Kirchenmitglieder ist abwegig | RP-online| 22.12.08

Der Ratsvorsitzende der Evangelischen Kirche in Deutschland (EKD), Wolfgang Huber, hat Vorschläge aus der Politik kritisiert, Gottesdienste am Heiligabend nur Mitgliedern der Kirche anzubieten. "Die Vorstellung, dass gerade am Heiligabend nur Gemeindemitglieder einen Platz in der Kirche bekommen sollten und die anderen ausgeschlossen werden, ist abwegig."
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Dec 25th, 2008 at 11:42:27 PM EST
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