“Even the Vatican has produced powerful encyclicals on the conditions of labor, and the theology of liberation, when it was at its height in Latin America, played a key role in fomenting revolutionary movements in the 1960s and 1970s that focused on the standards of living of the poor.”
— Harvey, David (2010). A Companion to Marx’s Capital (Kindle Locations 2037-2039). Verso. Kindle Edition. Shhh, don’t tell anyone.
“Probably not so well known, but up until the mid-nineteenth century, the Catholic Church had a prohibition on charging interest, and this had tremendous significance. For instance, at that time in France, conservative Catholics often compared investment houses to bordellos and viewed financial operations as a form of prostitution. There are some great political cartoons from that era that satirize this. One I used in Paris: Capital of Modernity depicts a young woman trying to entice this older and quite horrified man into this investment house, saying, “My rate of return is good for whatever amount you wish to invest. I’ll treat you very gently.”
— Harvey, David (2010). A Companion to Marx’s Capital (Kindle Locations 1876-1880). Verso. Kindle Edition. I am howling with laughter.