Ordained priest confesses terrible sin
Stephen Green is an ordained priest and amateur theologian and banker. In 1996, he published Serving God? Serving Mammon? Christians and the Financial Markets. He also was the chairperson of HSBC.
In a Spectator article, he was quoted: “Christians can serve God in the world of finance and commerce, but it is also possible to fall into the trap of serving Mammon there.” Which obviously has happened.
As Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi put it in his Gangster Bankers article:
For at least half a decade, the storied British colonial banking power helped to wash hundreds of millions of dollars for drug mobs, including Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel, suspected in tens of thousands of murders just in the past 10 years – people so totally evil, jokes former New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer, that “they make the guys on Wall Street look good.” The bank also moved money for organizations linked to Al Qaeda and Hezbollah, and for Russian gangsters; helped countries like Iran, the Sudan and North Korea evade sanctions; and, in between helping murderers and terrorists and rogue states, aided countless common tax cheats in hiding their cash.
Stephen did confess earlier: “Banks have clearly done things wrong. Some of the practices did not contribute, by any reasonable standards, to human welfare.”
A good confession is hard to beat.