Saturday 25 November 2017

More 'faith' won't fix our finances

Whenever I read of the application of religion to socioeconomic issues, I find that the best way to discern the truth of such claims is to see how they apply to different countries with different levels of religiosity.

David Quinn's claim (Irish Independent, December 3) that had the Catholic Church more moral authority in this country, we would not be in the mess we are in is truly deserving of such comparison.

When we look at tables of international religiosity, those countries in financial turmoil all score very well on their deference to religion, and those that don't score well are doing better economically.

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