The global financial crisis is proof that the pursuit of money and success is pointless, Pope Benedict XVI has told a meeting of bishops in Rome.
The head of the Roman Catholic Church said that the disappearance of money as banks collapsed showed that wealth meant "nothing".
The Pope said that people should instead base their lives on God's word.
Those who think that "concrete things we can touch are the surest reality" are deceiving themselves, he said.
Now I can not agree with his alternative. You are not going to find the ol progligo going that far.
But this is interesting -
When he opened the Synod on Sunday, the Pope attacked modern culture, saying that "nations once rich in faith and vocations are losing their own identity under the harmful and destructive influence of a certain modern culture".
I wonder who that refers to?