by Brad Nelson 11/27/13
VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called Tuesday for renewal of the Roman Catholic Church and attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny,” urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality, in the first major work he has written alone as pontiff.
The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since becoming the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.
The pope went further than in previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the “idolatry of money” and beseeching politicians to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and health care.”
He also called on rich people to share their wealth.
“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills,” Francis wrote in the document.
My instincts on this guy proved to be correct again. Pope Francis is just another PC clown. An indoctrinated fool. Maybe we should be kind and just call him a low-information Pope.
Capitalism (the free market, along with political freedom) has done more to pull people out of poverty than anything else. No other method even comes close.
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