Pope Benedict briefly remarked on the financial crisis during the opening of the 1st General Congregation of the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on 6 October 2008.
“Money, “Pope Benedict said”, is of secondary importance” to the Word of God, “the foundation of all reality”.
Taking off from the Sermon of the Mount he explained that “those who build on sand do so only on visible and tangible things: success, career and money”.
“These seem true reality, but one day they will pass away”, he continued.
“We see this now with the fall of the great banks. Money disappears. It becomes nothing. And thus all these things which seem to be real and upon which we can rely are in fact of secondary importance”, he added.
“All human things, all things we can invent and create are finite. So too all human religious experiences are finite. They show only one aspect of reality, because our limited being understands only some parts, some elements”.
“Only God is infinite and through him, his Word too is universal and knows no end,” he remarked.
“Only the Word of God is the foundation of all reality, stable like heaven. Therefore, we must change our concept of reality. A realist is one who recognizes that the Word of God – this reality that appears so weak – is in fact the foundation of everything.” (Catholic News Agency, Vatican City, Oct. 6).
Source: Communication from the Bishop (No. 506, 07 October 2008)