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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Pope Francis

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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  • charleo1

    What often gets obscured, and perhaps intentionally so, is the supposed, “crime,”
    of Jesus. HIs uncharacteristically doing a bit of “Occupying,” and civil disobedience,
    aganist those referred to as, “The Moneychangers.” An act that led to His eventual
    conviction, and death by crucifixion. Ostensively between two thieves. A clear
    message to the starving masses, lest they become confused about who’s money
    these early Capitalists were changing. It is ironic indeed then, that Christians would come to celebrate His birth, with such a literal orgy of consumerism. Not that I’m
    knocking consumerism. In fact, it’s too bad we will have so many this Christmas, unable to fully participate in this well cultivated tradition. Because the sweat of their
    brows has been so devalued. The fruits of their labor, so unevenly distributed.
    What Pope Francis is doing is honoring the Founder of His Church. And reminding
    Christians worldwide, of the worsening plight of the poor, and the laboring classes
    as well. And the willingness of all too many of us followers of Christ, to ignore these
    least among us, for our own worldly and selfish gains. It is a message befitting a
    Pope. And one I think, that has been long overdue.

    • Buford2k11


  • docb

    There will be many 1%ers that will not be happy that Pope Francis called them on their game of SCREW THE NATION….not just catholics!

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  • Dulcinian

    So much correction to do–all the pastors (bishops etc.) who claimed from the pulpit that voting Democrat was sinful. So much penance to do.

    • disqus_fsqeoY3FsG

      Cardinal Dolan – you put the Catholic Church in the pocket of the Republicans and you “Good” Friend Ryan

  • Igor Shafarevich

    By assaulting private property, collectivism channels our aggressive instincts outward, resulting in modern-day systems of masters, serfs, and plunder — more commonly known as socialism, communism, and the welfare state.

  • Defend The Constitution

    Where governments are not limited to particular types of action, such as minimizing coercion, their centralized power undermines liberty.