Trust a Jesuit to split hairs. In This Economy Kills: Pope Francis and Social Justice, the Rev. Fr. Professor Diego Alonso-Lasheras SJ of the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome is quoted as saying that Evangelii Gaudium, Francis’ first apostolic exhortation, is not as anti-market as people think. Note its use of indefinite articles, he urges, for instance in “an economy of exclusion” (“una economía de la exclusión” in the original Spanish) and “a financial system which rules rather than serves” (“un dinero que gobierna en lugar de server”). According to Fr. Alonso-Lasheras, if Francis had really meant to sock it to the capitalists, he “would have used the definite article la or el, thus conveying the idea of a more general, categorical, and absolute condemnation.”
Be that as it may, the expression “Such an economy kills” (“Esa economía mata”) packs quite a rhetorical punch even without a definite article. No doubt this is why Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, two Italian journalists, have chosen it for the title of their new book.