If there’s one organizational body that should know the difference between fallible and infallible, it should be the Catholic Church. Despite the many shortcomings of and negatives to Fair Trade (as cited multiple times here over the past year), the Catholic Church has apparently bought into Fair Trade propoganda whole-hog and practically conferred it with Pope-like infallability. Or at least according to the Web site, Catholic Online: Catholics called to build a better world, one cup of coffee at a time – Catholic Online.
Again, this isn’t to say that the Fair Trade folks aren’t out to right a terrible wrong out there. But intentions aren’t sufficient — the path to hell is always paved with good intentions. Reading the Church’s lopsided position on Fair Trade in the article, I cannot help but get the feeling that they are swallowing this white-washed version of reality like an eyes-closed altar boy with his tongue out at Holy Communion.
Growing up Catholic, I really want to give the Church a break for all the internal crises they’ve had to deal with in recent years — even if many of them are self-induced. But I really wish the Church took a much more critical look at the situation — instead of just buying the superficial party line common to anyone who has only just scratched the surface of the global coffee crisis. Didn’t the Church learn anything since the Crusades?
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