Is Greed Good? A Catholic Perspective on Modern Usury
West Virginia State University; Florida State University - Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Business Law
Chad G. Marzen
Florida State University
August 20, 2012
BYU Journal of Public Law, Volume 27, Issue 1, Fall 2012, pgs. 185-227
In an era of increasing financial complexity, the Catholic legal and intellectual tradition offers not only a symbolic moral witness to the policy debates concerning lending, but a voice that offers real solutions to the problem of modern usury. The duty of those in the economic world to safeguard the weaker, more vulnerable parties in society as articulated by Pope Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate can best find its expression in vigorous adherence to the unconscionability doctrine of contract law. In addition, the Catholic legal and intellectual tradition promotes microcredit lending programs and community credit unions as strong economic alternatives to modern usury.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 44Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: August 27, 2012 ; Last revised: April 7, 2013
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