William Woodyard and Chad G. Marzen (both of Florida State U.) have posted Is Greed Good? A Catholic Perspective on Modern Usury. The abstract follows.
In an era of increasing financial complexity, the Catholic legal and intellectual tradition offers not only a symbolic moral witness to the policy debates concerning lending, but a voice that offers real solutions to the problem of modern usury. The duty of those in the economic world to safeguard the weaker, more vulnerable parties in society as articulated by Pope Benedict XVI in Caritas in Veritate can best find its expression in vigorous adherence to the unconscionability doctrine of contract law. In addition, the Catholic legal and intellectual tradition promotes microcredit lending programs and community credit unions as strong economic alternatives to modern usury.