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Pope attacks 'tyranny' of markets in manifesto for papacy

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Wade Gustafson

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Nov 26, 2013
(Reuters)- Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny" and beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality, in a document on Tuesday setting out a platform for his papacy and calling for a renewal of the Catholic Church.

The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, was the first major work he has authored alone as pope and makes official many views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.

In it, Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.

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 issued on Tuesday.

"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?"

The pope said renewal of the Church could not be put off and said the Vatican and its entrenched hierarchy "also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion".

"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," he wrote.

Italian theologian Massimo Faggioli greeted the work as "the manifesto of Francis" while veteran Vatican analyst John Thavis called it a "Magna Carta for church reform".

"The message on poverty sets Pope Francis on a collision course with neo-liberal Catholic thought, especially in the United States," said Faggioli, an expert on the Second Vatican Council and reform in the Catholic Church.

More at http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/11/26/us-...
Busybody

Hopkins, MN

#3 Nov 26, 2013
The Pope is right. American Capitalism is corrupt. CEO's making multi million dollar salaries while everyone else is making $10/hr is just plain wrong. Republicans are to blame mostly for this inequality.
Rattler

Surprise, AZ

#4 Nov 26, 2013
And Obama wants to shut this mans embassy down? The only difference between these two is that the Pope wants to convince people to embrace socialism, and Obama wants to force people to embrace socialism. Both have the same goal, power.
The Truth

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Nov 26, 2013
Busybody wrote:
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What kind of low life takes another user's name, and posts pure garbage?
Liberals are not only morons but cowards.
YOUR kind of low life, apparently.

Calling the Pope a commie - you ought to be ashamed of yourself!
Hey

Minneapolis, MN

#8 Nov 26, 2013
Right wingers can't be Christians. It is impossible to hold right wing views and hold Christian views at the same time - they are incompatible.
Wade Gustafson

Minneapolis, MN

#9 Nov 26, 2013
Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.

For those of you in the tea party and others with limited comprehension:

Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.
digger

Orlando, FL

#11 Nov 26, 2013
Wade Gustafson wrote:
Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.
For those of you in the tea party and others with limited comprehension:
Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.
Finally - someone to explain to Republicans what Christianity is all about!
Irish Isnt a Catholic

Clifton, NJ

#12 Nov 26, 2013
The posting name says it all.
Irish Isnt a Catholic

Phoenix, AZ

#13 Nov 27, 2013
Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.

For those of you in the tea party and others with limited comprehension:

Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money", and urged politicians to "attack the structural causes of inequality" and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens.

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