I am Starting To Like Pope Francis

This guy actually seems genuine. A few months back he slapped back "The Bling Bling" Priest in Germany who had built himself a $40 Million mansion and now he is trading blows with Rush Limbaugh.

http://www.forwardprogressives.com/pope-francis-responds-to-rush-limbaugh-and-ultraconservatives-saying-hes-a-marxist/

Perhaps you’ve heard about Rush Limbaugh basically calling Pope Francis a Marxist for daring to point out the massive and glaring flaws in the conservative economic ideology known as trickle-down economics.

A laughable accusation considering what Pope Francis said is exactly what reality has shown us. But the conservative reaction to his remarks shouldn’t really be all that surprising. It just goes to show that when their cult is threatened, they have no problem attacking anyone — even the Pope.

Well, Pope Francis actually responded to these attacks levied by several conservatives such as Rush Limbaugh. Though not mentioning any particular individual by name, while speaking with Vatican Insider La Stampa, Pope Francis was asked about those who’ve accused him of being a Marxist:

Some of the passages in the “Evangelii Gaudium” attracted the criticism of ultraconservatives in the USA. As a Pope, what does it feel like to be called a “Marxist”?

“The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

The most striking part of the Exhortation was where it refers to an economy that “kills”…

“There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the “trickle-down theories” which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger – nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist.”


To me, the most important part of this comment is where he points out the fatal flaw in the theory behind trickle-down economics. Once the “glass is full,” wealth is supposed to start trickling from it and benefitting the poor. Except that’s not what has happened — as he points out, the glass just keeps “magically” getting bigger and nothing ever overflows.

And if you think about it, that’s what the Bible warns us about.

Greed is perpetual — it’s never ending. The more you feed it, the more it wants. The “cup” will never overflow, because the more the richest among us get, the more they’re going to want — without fail.

And that’s exactly what’s happened. Just think about taxes for a moment. If trickle-down economics worked, we wouldn’t be talking about tax hikes for the rich — ever. There wouldn’t be any need. The rich in this country (and around the world for that matter) aren’t struggling. In fact, they’re doing better than ever. If the success for 98% of people matched that for the top 2%, most of us would be doing much better off.

Which is basically all Pope Francis said with his comments.

But, when all is said and done, the Pope did the one thing that you’re not allowed to do in the mind of conservatives — he dared to doubt their propaganda. Which, to them, basically makes him the enemy.

WAR POPE FRANK!

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His response is very classy and clear, too. I love him. What a priest!

He's a righteous dude.

I was reading about the Vatican's new PR guy, who's supposed to be behind this new (classic) image of the pope. It seems like someone who knows what message to deliver has been matched up with someone who knows how to deliver it, and it's very refreshing. The last guy was a PR disaster.

Skeletor68 - I hear he likes you too. You gonna shift or what? Phone Post 3.0

Ooh are they meetin now?

he's being a hypocrite for mashing on capitalism. Pope's don't mean shit, and the Priesthood is a glaring example of what power does to men. Idolatry at it's worst, let the vote downs begin.

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I feel like there has to be a catch. Like he is going to drop the hammer once he gets a ton more followers. Probably how the zombie apocalypse begins. Phone Post

reelfoot - he's being a hypocrite for mashing on capitalism. Pope's don't mean shit, and the Priesthood is a glaring example of what power does to men. Idolatry at it's worst, let the vote downs begin.

How is he being a hypocrite? He does not live in the lavish Papal apartments, he cautions against and criticizes priests who live in the lap of luxury. He took the city bus everywhere when he was a Cardinal. I think you have preconceived notions about the priesthood, or have been exposed (no romo) to bad priests. Or it could be that I have only met good ones in the past 20 years.

I am not a religious person by the way, but I don't have a grudge against religions either. No vote down from me btw.

Ogami Itto - His response is very classy and clear, too. I love him. What a priest!

Agreed. I was really impressed with his answer!

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He didn't MM, it's some Irish slang ;)



Last I heard Bootsy he said he was gonna lob the gob after Mass and then go for a feed of pints.

Skeletor68 - 
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He didn't MM, it's some Irish slang ;)



Last I heard Bootsy he said he was gonna lob the gob after Mass and then go for a feed of pints.


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Pope Frank is the man. He is causing extreme cognitive dissonance in the American right wing these days.

reelfoot - he's being a hypocrite for mashing on capitalism. Pope's don't mean shit, and the Priesthood is a glaring example of what power does to men. Idolatry at it's worst, let the vote downs begin.
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lol @ calling the pope a Marxist

I seriously wonder if most right wing conservative Christians have ever even read the New Testament. If they think the Pope is a Marxist for not worshiping money and pointing our inequities in our so-called "capitalistic" system, I wonder what they think about Jesus? It's amazing that they have adopted Jesus as their mascot for laissez faire capitalism and social conservatism, when Jesus sounded a lot more like Pope Francis than Rush Limbaugh or Sean Hannity.

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