The Economy of Francesco is the name of an initiative of Pope Francis in which he invites “young economists, entrepreneurs and change-makers of the world” to address the world’s economic problems. The project seeks to be an explosive source of energy and new ideas for a tired world in need of change.
The primary vehicle for communicating this message is a multi-lingual website of the same name that presents the results of “listening” to “peoples” and “hearts” to construct a better world. Occasional online events and videos also populate the site and give the appearance of youthful exuberance.
Not All that Glitters Is Gold
However, not all that glitters is gold. Looking beneath the surface of the project reveals old and familiar errors. While the stated goals might seem laudable, the underlying ideology is questionable. Everything on the site would appear much fresher if its recycled ideas were not so stale.
The Economy of Francesco is like wading through a confusing mixture that seems to be a jumble of U.N. commission reports, Laudato Si’ ecological manifesto, Green New Deal activism and Amazon Synod tribal boilerplate. Like most of Pope Francis’s “listening” projects, this one only takes notice of what he wants to hear.
The core of the Economy of Francesco is found in a message made “in the name of the young people and poor of the world.” While the website is made to appear youthful, it has a childish overtone and reads like Greta Thunberg. The introductory message on the site calls for change with the same desperate and urgent tone: “Our times are too difficult to ask for anything but the impossible.”