Exclusive English translation of St. Alphonsus Liguori
What is the Sin of Usury?
The Church’s Doctor of Moral Theology explains
The sin of usury may very well be the most complex topic in all of Catholic moral theology. It involves a great many distinctions and nuances, and what adds to the difficulty is that usury is determined in part by the nature, function, and value of money, which has not always been the same throughout human history.
A pre-Vatican II Catholic dictionary defines “usury” succinctly as follows:
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Usury is strictly speaking profit exacted on a loan of money just because it is a loan.
Saint Alphonsus Maria Liguori
Doctor of the Church
What is Usury?
MORAL THEOLOGY, vol. II
BOOK III—TREATISE V ON THE SEVENTH COMMANDMENT OF THE DECALOGUE
CHAPTER III—ON CONTRACTS—DUBIUM VII
Exclusive English Translation
St. Alphonsus Liguori’s treatise on usury is extremely complex. We commissioned an expert in ecclesiastical Latin to translate it for the benefit of the English-speaking public. In order to make the text more comprehensible, the translator has added explanatory comments, so-called “interpolations”, either directly into the text in brackets […] or by means of explanatory footnotes. These translator’s notes can be found at the very end of the text at the bottom of this page.… READ MORE
Fr. Edward Leen against the Marxists…
A Brief Catholic Critique of Communism
Early protagonists of Communism: Vladimir Lenin, Friedrich Engels, Karl Marx
In 1939, the magnificent Irish Catholic writer Fr. Edward Leen (1885-1944) published a book entitled The Church before Pilate. Released at a critical moment in history, it addresses the relations between the Catholic Church and the secular authority. At only 78 pages, it is a short read and highly recommended.
In Chapter 2 of The Church before Pilate, the author devotes a subsection to the topic of Communism. He offers a sobering analysis of the despicable, materialistic, godless system introduced by Karl Marx (1818-1883), identifying it as “the most uncompromising enemy of Catholicity”, indeed “the most thorough expression of the partial, incomplete and somewhat illogical revolts that have marked the course of Christianity from the first years of the Christian era.”… READ MORE