Pope Francis: ‘The Marxist Ideology Is Wrong’


Pope Francis has come forward saying he’s
not a Marxist after many American conservatives criticized the pontiff for what they perceived
as anti-capitalist views — specifically against trickle down economics. In an interview with Italian newspaper La
Stampa, the pope says: “The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in
my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”​ (Via La Stampa) Last month, in a church document known as
an apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis sharply criticized focus on profits over people and
the world’s growing inequality. (Via The Vatican) Which didn’t sit well with American conservative
commentators like Rush Limbaugh, who described the pope’s remarks as “pure Marxism.” Francis defended his views saying they don’t
make him a Marxist. He added all of the views expressed in the document, in one way or another,
follow the Catholic Church’s social doctrine. (Via KABC) When asked why he was opposed to trickle down
economics, Francis said it “expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those
wielding economic power.” Francis has already made his name as a charitable
pope. This Christmas, the Vatican will give 2,000 envelopes with free public transportation
tickets and telephone cards to those in need. The envelopes will also contain a signed photo
from Pope Francis. The interview with Pope Francis covered a
wide range of other issues, including speculation about the creation of a female cardinal, a
move that some have considered controversial. The pope denied those rumors. Pope Francis has been in the papacy since
Pope Benedict resigned earlier this year. The pope will turn 77 on Tuesday.

2 comments

  1. This nonsense that you either support capitalism blindly or you're a marxist is stupid.  Absolutes are for children and fools.  Socialism has become a hot button word for people who don't even know what it means.

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