Of all the Christian responses to the current economic crises that I have read in the last couple of years, I think this one has disgusted me the most, perhaps because I naïvely expect more from Benedictines than from, say, fundamentalist Baptists. There is nothing new here in terms of "argumentation" or the simplistic spiritualisms, but the monk managed to get the litany of truisms down pat and the tone, uh, just right. It's clear from the literature this outfit sends out that they have some very wealthy backers. This "keep the proletariat in line" message is exactly what their target donor demographic would like the Church to focus on, no doubt. How utterly nauseating. Of all the things that need to be said, now.
I shouldn't be surprised, I know. These forms of Christianity, whatever they say of themselves and despite all desperate appeals to the contrary, are essentially by the bourgeois and petit-bourgeois and for the bourgeois and petit-bourgeois, a few anomalous stragglers notwithstanding.