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After the release of ‘Evangelii Gaudium,’ political pundits and others are calling the Pope a socialist and claiming he is against capitalism.  Others are claiming that since he is South American, he is somehow tainted with liberation theology.  I really do not understand where they get these ideas from.  As usual, reactionaries find any minor detail to escalate in order to bring in an audience.

Thank God not everyone is as stupid as those misinterpreting the Pope’s exhortation think they are.  Those of us who can read and comprehend simultaneously can see clearly that Pope Francis addressed the problems the love and worship of money causes.

When “king money” is the one we worship and rely upon in order to be consider worthy of existing, then we have a problem.  I remember as a kid in elementary school and onward to college, teachers and professors would tell us that in order to be “someone” we had to be the best, we have to be the most educated in order to have the best job and make the most money; own a big house, cars and so on.  In other words, having money is the point of living the human life.  Without money, we are nobodies, according to this philosophy.
This is what Pope Francis is countering.  The idea that money is what defines us and gives us status is immoral and causes inequality among societies throughout the globe.

Rush is obviously not good at reading comprehension. He filters things through his narrow view on life. The Pope is for what is just as Christ taught, not what is “American.” Any economic system that puts wealth above people does not work and is unjust. This is the Pope’s message.

I love my nation and I also have respect for other nations as well.  However, our economic systems are not perfect – including capitalism.  Until soup kitchens, shelters, unemployment offices are closed and we see no homeless people on the streets or trains, then we can say we have a great economic system.  To date, every nation has people struggling to stay alive due to the level of poverty they are experiencing, this includes communist and socialist nations.  There is no reason for this.  Most of the world’s wealth and resources are being curved too much to one side and is leaving the rest trying to grasp it.
Does Rush and the Pope’s critics not understand that being greedy is never a right thing to be?  Do the aforementioned not understand that money is supposed to serve man and not the other way around?  The Pope is not endorsing Marxism or Socialism.  He is endorsing the human person and reminding the world that people have intrinsic value because they are made in the image and likeness of God.

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