Ecumenical Criticism of Capitalism: Selected Approaches

  • Piotr Kopiec The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Faculty of Theology
Keywords: ecumenism; capitalism; crisis; Reformation; confession


The ecumenical movement stressed the need for social commitment from the very beginning. In the last decade, this has been reflected in the harsh criticism of the capitalist social order. The article discusses selected critical ecumenical interpretations of capitalism: the Accra Confession by the World Communion of Reformed Churches (2004), the economy of life programme by the World Council of Churches, and the ecumenical project of radicalizing Reformation (2014). It aims to demonstrate convergences in the theological and philosophical assumptions of the approaches discussed. It also asks the question about the similarities between the presented ecumenical reflections and the teaching of Pope Francis.


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