Pope Francis on “Tyranny of Unfettered Capitalism” and “Idolatry of Money”
Uh oh. Pope Francis might need to tone down the liberal rhetoric before he alienates too many Christians. He's really pushing it this time. Jesus' actual teachings are being brought to the forefront. Meanwhile, the Supply Side Jesus — the one who embraced the moneylenders and drove the beggars from the temple — is being driven further and further out to the fringes.
The Pope has referred to unfettered capitalism as “the new tyranny.” He also attacked the “idolatry of money” and urged politicians to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education and healthcare.”
He also said:
“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.”
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points?...I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security.”
But again, he needs to watch out for those Biblethumping Christians. When somebody crosses their Supply Side Jesus, things get ugly.
For those Biblewipes who are offended by the Pope's “leftist" rhetoric, Bill Maher says:
“If Sarah Palin thinks Pope Francis is liberal, wait until she sees what Jesus has been saying.”