So, none of you guys have money in banks I suppose?
We do, but we told the lady at the bank to take all interest earnings off our account because of usury.
Presumably, they still lend your money at interest.
Then they are sinning. I am not collecting usury.
Wouldn't this qualify as presenting an occasion of sin?
According to some, the mere act of walking outside the house does this. There are limits, really.
Of course there are. And yet if a person's primary business necessarily involves sin, and one knowingly and voluntarily provides him with the means of doing his business, it would seem that this qualifies as at least presenting an occasion, if not being an accessory.
Of course, the Thomists would disagree, I think. Now, where are they?
Well there are several functions of a bank.
First it can keep your money safe (without you charging them usury).
Second they can issue you a debit card where you can slide it for fast purchases and buy online.
Third they also have stuff like safety deposit boxes.
Fourth they can cash checks for you for free.
They do earn most of their money through usury though.
We were commanded as Christians not to charge usury.
I am a Christian and I do not charge usury.
If the bank I am affiliated with charges usury, then that is their issue. Do I enable them?
The long list of complexities of this can go far.
IF you run Microsoft Windows on your computer, you also help support Planned Parenthood
If you have an HP or Compaq system, you too support Planned Parenthood
If you have directTV or dish network, you support a business that streams pornography
I mean, where does it stop?
I dunno. I respect your opinion though. It does actually bother me a bit to keep money in the bank. You've given me something to think about for sure.
(Solutions to the examples -- Run Linux, buy dell, and dump TV)