On Tuesday, the Catholic Church released Pope Francis’ first major piece of writing of his papacy. The text, called an Apostolic Exhortation, reveals the pontiff’s concern with the rapid growth of inequality, and the role of modern capitalism.
Comparing capitalism to “tyranny,” the pope emphasized equality and helping the poor — also noting that ethics are far removed from the current financial system.
Several conservative Catholic politicians — many of whom claim to rigidly follow the Bible and its teachings — have taken positions that run almost exactly opposite to the Pope’s advice. Here are five examples of those who are explicitly acting against their religious leader’s recommendations in his Apostolic Exhortation.
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