Pope Francis rejects theology of prosperity

Pope Francis has said a theology of prosperity, where God rewards a just person with wealth, is wrong.

Preaching during Mass at his residence on Thursday, the Pope said Christians err when think such a theology is valid.

“You cannot serve God and wealth,” the Pope said, reflecting on a passage from the letter of James.

While wealth can be a good thing if it is used for good ends, it can also become like a “chain” that pulls us away from being free to follow Jesus, said Francis.

During his homily, the Pope also named types of modern economic exploitation of people as mortal sins.

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