Pope Francis said yesterday that wealth and power are meant to serve the poor and the well-being of everyone, not to selfishly exploit others, the Catholic News website reports today (February 24, 2016).
When power loses that sense of service, it "turns into arrogance and becomes control and subjugation," the Pope said during his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.
But God is greater than people's wickedness and "sleazy games," urging them to recognize their sins and repent, he said. "How wonderful it would be if the powerful exploiters today did the same" and changed their ways, the Pope said to applause.
The Bible gives many accounts of kings and powerful people as well as "their arrogance and abuse of power, too," he said. "Wealth and power are things that can be good and useful for the common good if they are put at the service of the poor and everyone with justice and charity," he said.