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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brought to you by the same Church who gave us the first Huge Capitalist Driven Religion, Slavery, the Spanish Inquisition, and Institutionalized Antisemitism.

I'm told the last Pope that tried to make radical changes was Pope John Paul 1, who was allegedly poisoned.


November 26, 2013 at 9:50 PM  
Blogger jadedj said...

How odd...a major Christian religious leader who espouses the teachings of Christ. But...but...BUT, I still have a problem with that gold hat he wears.
When he has a garage sale and gives the proceeds from the sale of it to the poor...then I'll listen.

November 27, 2013 at 4:36 AM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Erik: Pope Francis needs to be careful if he doesn't want the same fate that befell Pope John Paul I. Christians can get very dangerous when somebody takes Christ's teachings too literally.

jadedj: Not so fast; one step at a time :) Today, unfettered capitalism and inequality; tomorrow, the gold hat. I know, dream on.

November 27, 2013 at 1:30 PM  
Anonymous Jess said...

I am waiting for the actions, since he is obvs good at talking the talk just like a politician would. Words are just that, words on a piece of paper. Till they start busting kiddie diddlers in the church, and quit telling women what we can and cannot do with our bodies they won't get a pass from me.

November 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Jess: True, his words won't mean a thing until he puts them into action. The one thing accomplished by his speeches is the vein-bursting fury from rightwing Christians, which is quite entertaining in itself.

November 29, 2013 at 1:16 PM  
Blogger Snave said...

Bill Maher rocks.

So does the kind of vein-bursting fury you talk about, Tom. So many of them just aren't able to handle the truth, especially when it works against their political ideologies they have been spoon-fed for so long.

Lots of right wing fundamentalist heads are undoubtedly exploding over the things this pope is saying.

I'm a secular humanist, but I like seeing someone with a position of such power in the religious world apparently wanting to use religion for helping humanity rather than for use in manipulating people for political gain.

November 29, 2013 at 1:38 PM  
Blogger Tom Harper said...

Snave: It's nice to have a Pope who remembers what the Bible actually says. If the Free Market "Christians" can't handle the truth, let their veins pop.

November 30, 2013 at 10:29 AM  

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