Skip to comments.Pope Francis urges global leaders to end 'tyranny' of money
Posted on 05/16/2013 8:45:01 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum
Pope Francis has called on world leaders to put an end to the "cult of money"
He said free-market capitalism had created a tyranny and that human beings were being judged purely by their ability to consume goods.
Money should be made to serve people, not to rule them, he said, calling for a more ethical financial system and curbs on financial speculation.
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Tyranny of money? Didn’t Francisco D’Anconia have something to say about this?
OK, I’m done with him. Disappointing as I was really liking him.
Yet the banks will take the blame because nothing can EVER be the goobermint’s fault, except when they’re in big business’ pocket and they “under-regulate”.
Nothing about capitalism, marxism or socialism in here:
“The Holy Father began his address to those present on a positive note by praising advances in various areas. These achievements he underlined, in fields such as health, education and communications can only benefit mankind.
But at the same time, the Pope went on to say, the majority of the men and women of our time continue to live daily in situations of insecurity, with dire consequences People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way.
Pope Francis explained that in his opinion, one cause of this situation, was our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society. Consequently, he added, the financial crisis which we are experiencing makes us forget that its ultimate origin is to be found in a profound human crisis. In the denial of the primacy of human beings.
He continued by saying the worship of the golden calf of old, has now a new image, in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal. Our societies, Pope Francis noted are becoming throw away ones, and worse still he added, human beings themselves are nowadays considered as consumer goods which can be used and thrown away.
The Pope explained that what we are really seeing concealed behind current attitudes is a rejection of ethics, a rejection of God, and speaking directly to the new Ambassadors the Holy Father encouraged the financial experts and the political leaders of their countries to consider the words of Saint John Chrysostom: Not to share ones goods with the poor is to rob them and to deprive them of life. It is not our goods that we possess, but theirs.
Stressing the need for financial reform along ethical lines, the Pope noted that it would require a courageous change of attitude on the part of political leaders and he urged them to face this challenge with determination and farsightedness, taking account, of their particular situations.
In his concluding comments, Pope Francis said that the Church herself encourages those in power to be truly at the service of the common good of their peoples”
There’s a lot of misunderstanding about the Catholic concept of distributism, which is NOT a redistribution of wealth, as so many think.
Here’s just the first couple sentences from wikipedia about what it actually is:
“Distributism (also known as distributionism or distributivism) is an economic philosophy that developed in Europe in the late 19th and early 20th century, based upon the principles of Catholic social teaching, especially the teachings of Pope Leo XIII in his encyclical Rerum Novarum and Pope Pius XI in Quadragesimo Anno.
According to distributists, property ownership is a fundamental right and the means of production should be spread as widely as possible among the general populace, rather than being centralized under the control of the state (state socialism) or by accomplished individuals (laissez-faire capitalism). Distributism therefore advocates a society marked by widespread property ownership and, according to co-operative economist Race Mathews, maintains that such a system is key to bringing about a just social order.”
It’s easier to think of it as what capitalism used to be, before the time of the robber barons, a much healthier form of capitalism, with small businesses forming the bulk of manufacture, and not one huge corporation, or the government, owning it and running it all.
The funny thing is that these people complain about this Pope, yet it was this Pope who, two days ago, said the following:
"Let us think of that moment with the Magdalene, when she washed the feet of Jesus with nard, which was so expensive: it is a religious moment, a moment of gratitude, a moment of love. And he [Judas] stands apart and criticizes her bitterly: 'But ... this could be used for the poor!'. This is the first reference that I personally found in the Gospel of poverty as an ideology. The ideologue does not know what love is, because they do not know how to gift themselves".
Tying the "Gospel" of poverty to Judas. Yup, that really identifies him as a true-blue socialist.
My point is that if Pope Francis is going to use his religious authority to advocate for the Devil, he deserves damnation.
How many more people have to die and suffer under the heel of totalitarian leftist tyranny? It makes me sick to my stomach that the Pope openly supports that, and if doing so gets him into Heaven, then I don't want to go there anyway.
There's enough tyranny on Earth. Who wants to spend an eternity where tyrants and tyrant enablers are rewarded?
Hey, it’s your soul. I personally don’t think any of this matters after we die anyway.
There is a nastiness in the force today.
Of course one of the tenets of property ownership is the right to sell such property to someone else, and in that lies the rub.
He may be a nice guy, but he’s clueless when it comes to economics. It is NOT free-market capitalism, but crony capitalism, that corrupts.
Aquila48: "I dont like this pope - he comes from the school of Rev Wright - Liberation Theology, aka Marxism."
"Quite the opposite--he fought liberation theology tooth and nail as head of the bishops conference and he was an effective instigator of papal attitudes in this regard" "Red Flags Around Pope Francis", published in Tikkun (Link)
(You may remember Tikkun: Hillary Clinton said it was her "favorite magazine.")
You might want to check out another view from the Left ("Democracy now"): A Social Cobservative: Pope Francis Led Effort Against Liberation Theology and Same-Sex Marriage" (Link)
And this, from Gateway Pundit: Pope Francis Linked to Anti-Marxist Comunione e Liberazione Organization (Link)
And this: "Pope Francis is a longtime ally of Communion and Liberation, a fiercely conservative Catholic organization that insists on total fidelity and communion with the church leadership and is devoted, among other things, to battling European socialism and Latin American liberation theology." Is Pope Francis a Fraud?" from Salon (consider the source!)
FReepers are generally smart enough to read past the headline (especially from an outfit like The Telegraph) because of an intelligent awareness of the media 's liberal agenda. However, when the subect is the Pope, it's funny how otherwise-alert people lose all their critical faculties and swallow the liberal propaganda hook, line and sinker.
Archbishop Jorge Bergoglio's (Pope Francis') principal connection to "Liberation Theology" is that he threw it out of Argentina.
Communism is atheistic. The Pope is just another foolish socialist.
Very true. And the Pope never said...Free-Market Capitalism. Furthermore, this country hasn't seen free-market capitalism in over 150 years. Power hungry/greedy politicians started regulating the free markets long long ago by creating a market atmosphere that allowed the greedy powerful magnates to stifle competition (crony capitalism) thus allowing corporations to bury any upstarts. Without competition there is NO free market. These are not my words but those of F.A.Hayak, the Father of Free-Market capitalism.
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Final Charge to Timothy
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own timeGod, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.
Grace be with you all.
“This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good. “
We live with less poverty, hunger and worldwide incomes have never been increasing at a higher rate. http://www.spectator.co.uk/the-week/leading-article/8789981/glad-tidings/
The bull crap premises spewing from the Pope’s mouth are Marxist talking points. The quote above from this speech is nothing less than pure Marxism. No State has a “right” to anything that is not granted it by consent of its people. if you want to see suffering and hunger, look to the States following the Pope’s prescription.