Muslim, Christian Religious Leaders Blame ‘Human Greed' for Financial Crisis

October 16, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Middle East Online

The Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams blamed "human greed" for the international financial crisis after a meeting of Christian and Muslim religious leaders on Wednesday.

The conference in Cambridge, central England, was also attended by the second most senior figure in the Church of England, Archbishop of York John Sentamu, and the Grand Mufti of Egypt Sheikh Ali Gomaa.

"Clearly as religious leaders we want to say that the root problem is human greed which is not specific to any one nation or even to the governing class or any one religion," Williams said at a briefing at his Lambeth Palace residence.

Last month, Williams called for tighter regulation of the financial sector and suggested that Karl Marx, the father of communism, was partly right, while Sentamu branded traders "bank robbers" for cashing in on falling prices.

Williams's latest comments came at the end of a Cambridge University conference coinciding with the first anniversary of the publication of a letter from 138 Islamic leaders to Pope Benedict XVI and Christian leaders.