Here is a Pope who is a social revolutionary and who intends to push for world-wide Socialism and has little to say about Christians having their heads cut off by Islamist terrorists. It is a sad day for the church when it has decided to mire itself in the dirty world of politics instead of the business of saving souls. The Pope is a Far Left wing radical and the United States already has one of those in the primary seat of power. We don’t need another.
First of all Latin American dictatorships do not have Capitalism. Secondly Capitalism has provided the highest standard of living ever known. Take one look at the austerity that Greece is going through right now because of its Socialism.
The Occupy Wall Street protesters may claim to represent the grievances of the 99%, but we should remember that when it comes to the global income distribution, we are the 1%.
According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the poverty line for an individual in the 48 contiguous states and Washington, D.C., was $10,830 in 2010. Compared to global measures of GDP per capita for 2010, an individual at the poverty line in the United States has an income in between the average for Lithuania and Seychelles, ranked 49th and 50th. This may sound less than ideal for those of us accustomed to the lifestyle and conveniences of the first world. But put differently, someone at the poverty line in the United States is in the top 14% of the global income distribution.
The U.S. represents 4.5% of global population but nearly 30% of its total GDP. The 99% may not control the wealth that is concentrated in the United States, but we all benefit from the outsized role the U.S. plays in global economic, financial, and trade policy. So while we consider what reforms are necessary to rebalance our domestic wealth, we should be mindful of the conditions of those who are truly at the bottom of the global income distribution.
So for a Capitalistic nation the US does not do badly for its poor. So Pope Francis please do not compare the United States with Latin American dictatorships and Third World Countries. We have Capitalism here in the United States they do not.
His speeches can blend biblical fury with apocalyptic doom. Pope Francis does not just criticise the excesses of global capitalism. He compares them to the “dung of the devil.” He does not simply argue that systemic “greed for money” is a bad thing. He calls it a “subtle dictatorship” that “condemns and enslaves men and women.”
Having returned to his native Latin America, Francis has renewed his left-leaning critiques on the inequalities of capitalism, describing it as an underlying cause of global injustice and a prime cause of climate change. Francis escalated that line last week when he made a historic apology for the crimes of the Roman Catholic Church during the period of Spanish colonialism – even as he called for a global movement against a “new colonialism” rooted in an inequitable economic order.
The Argentine pope seemed to be asking for a social revolution.
“This is not theology as usual; this is him shouting from the mountaintop,” said Stephen F. Schneck, director of the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic studies at Catholic University of America in Washington.
In Bolivia, Francis praised cooperatives and other localised organisations that he said provided productive economies for the poor. “How different this is than the situation that results when those left behind by the formal market are exploited like slaves,” he said Wednesday night.
It is this Old Testament-like rhetoric that some finding jarring, perhaps especially so in the United States, where Francis will visit in September. His environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” released last month, drew loud criticism from some American conservatives and from others who found his language deeply pessimistic. His right-leaning critics also argued he was overreaching and straying dangerously beyond religion – while condemning capitalism with too broad a brush.
“I wish Francis would focus on positives, on how a free-market economy guided by an ethical framework, and the rule of law, can be a part of the solution for the poor – rather than just jumping from the reality of people’s misery to the analysis that a market economy is the problem,” said the Rev. Robert A. Sirico, president of the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty, which advocates free-market economics.
Francis’ primary agenda last week was to begin renewing Catholicism in Latin America and repositioning it as the church of the poor. His apology for the church’s complicity in the colonialist era received an immediate roar from the crowd. In various parts of Latin America, the association between the church and economic power elites remains intact: In Chile, a socially conservative country, some members of the country’s corporate elite are also members of Opus Dei, the traditionalist Catholic organization founded in Spain in 1928.
Inevitably, Francis’ critique can be read as a broadside against Pax Americana, the period of capitalism regulated by global institutions created largely by the United States
“All these critiques point toward the incoherence of the simple idea of free market economics, but they don’t prescribe a remedy,” said Johnson, of the Institute for New Economic Thinking.
Francis acknowledged as much, conceding Wednesday he had no new “recipe” to quickly change the world. Instead, he spoke about a “process of change” undertaken at the grass-roots level.