Lessons from Europe's Booze-Producing Capitalist Monks

Didn't Jesus say that it's easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to make it to heaven? And doesn't the Catholic Catechism say that a person should regard his belongings "not merely as exclusive to himself but common to others also"? Indeed—but don't make the mistake of assuming the Church's social doctrine stands opposed to private property and free enterprise. As Europe's beer-brewing, liquor-distilling monks demonstrate, blending capitalism and Catholicism can be rewarding in more than one way.

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