Money is the Anti-God, the Idol Par Excellence

Here are some highlights of Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa’s (the preacher of the papal household) Good Friday homily:

  • “Mammon, money, is not just one idol among many: it is the idol par excellence, literally ‘a molten god’ (see Ex 34:17).”
  • “Mammon is the anti-God because it creates an alternative spiritual universe; it shifts the purpose of the theological virtues. Faith, hope, and charity are no longer placed in God but in money.”
  • “And the financial crisis that the world has gone through and that this country is still going through, is it not in large part due to the “cursed hunger for gold,” the auri sacra fames, on the part of some people?”
  • “But apart from these criminal ways of acquiring money, is it not also a scandal that some people earn salaries and collect pensions that are sometimes 100 times higher than those of the people who work for them and that they raise their voices to object when a proposal is put forward to reduce their salary for the sake of greater social justice?”
  • “Like all idols, money is deceitful and lying: it promises security and instead takes it away; it promises freedom and instead destroys it.”
  • “A man who betrays his wife, or a wife her husband, betrays Christ. The minister of God who is unfaithful to his state in life, or instead of feeding the sheep entrusted to him feeds himself, betrays Jesus. Whoever betrays their conscience betrays Jesus.”