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I was just thinking about this today. The same action behind money laundering appears to be the same action behind these so called licit side contracts for church approved usury. In laundering, if you have dirty money, you move it around through other peoples hands directly or indirection(likely indirectly) one way or another so that their hands get dirty, and your money gets clean from the handling. Those with initially clean hands are likely unsuspecting people. The same seems to be occurring with these side contracts. If you have enough side contracts(movement of the interest), or enough hands in the dirty pot, the pot becomes less dirty. Meaning, the more peoples hands you get dirty by all these contracts, the cleaner the pot becomes. In this case, the pot is the interest on a loan which by itself is condemned by the church. The surrounding side contracts are like the whirlwind similar to the motion of a clothing laundry mat, which is where the word money laundering comes from. The NY mob moved their dirty money through their laundry mat cash only(untraceable) side business.
I was reading ezekiel ch 18 yesterday, and there is this amazing section where for about three repeated paragraphs, God mentions the condemning of usury. The sentence goes like this. "Hath not lent upon usury, nor taken any increase". What is significant is that God decided that this manipulation of transaction required these two separate descriptions. Why do you think this is? Do you think it is because the effect the loan has on he one receiving, meaning it sort of turns them into a shark like the loan shark? Meaning, the one who has taken the loan will now have more of an incentive to go out and in turn rip off his neighbor in order just to repay the loan. And, obviously the final taking of this loan(the action increase) is bad because it gives more ammunition to the person who initiated this process in the first place. Do you follow? Or, do you think the mentioning "nor taken any increase" is referring to the money laundering phenomenon that has even tricked the hierarchy of the church? Because, outside of this passage in Ezekiel, where is the condemnation of the laundering method in scripture?
I actually like my first understanding of that passage of ezekiel, because I do not agree with thomas aquinas' approval of participating in a usurious loan so long as you are not the one loaning, and if the loan is for a so called "good cause". And, this passage now gives me an argument against it.