Pope Francis

“The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.   There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the “trickle-down theories” which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist.”  Pope Francis

Link:

Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium Of the Holy Father Francis (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html)

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7 thoughts on “Pope Francis

  1. There are some who use terms because they know they carry a negative connotation, which many do not understand, to incite people. A certain radio entertainer is prone to doing this. It is akin to people saying Obamacare is worse than Nazism or Apartheid. The user of said name calling is either being ignorant or deceptive.

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  2. We have a NC State Senator who said Obamacare was akin to Nazism in a tweet. His own party said he should apologized and said he was a misunderstood and he meant the financial aspects. He was not, but an editorial appeared and said if you give him the benefit of the doubt and add up the cost of fighting Nazism, he is not even in the ballpark of being correct. His supporters said he was only speaking the truth, but which truth is that? This tweet if par for the course for him.

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    • I read the Tweet, noticed the historical mistake and shook my head. I also saw the next two tweets. If he meant the “financial aspects” than he should have written that or at least mentioned it in the next tweet not just a follow-up interview.

      From his current point of view, and emotions about ObamaCare, he probably is speaking the truth as he believes it to be. The trouble is that he has a wide platform to distribute that truth to others that will take it at face value and not dig deeper to find out that it isn’t true.

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