Intervarsity Speakers Discuss Morality of Meltdown

CHICAGO (AP) - Key speakers at this week's Intervarsity Christian Fellowship conference for graduate students have questioned whether pain from the world financial crisis is being fairly distributed.

Bishop N.T. Wright, an Anglican theologian, suggested that government bailouts can look like "the very rich helping the very rich, in a way they have refused to help the very poor."

While taking part in the conference in Chicago, Wright says he met with Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George, and they agreed that a restructuring of the world financial system is needed.

Human genome scientist Francis Collins, author of "The Language of God," said that view also is widely held on President-elect Barack Obama's transition team, on which he serves.

Collins suggested that the meltdown may be God's "megaphone" to get the world's attention.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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