I don’t think so, based on my interactions with him. However, he clearly was influenced by Marxist thought. One of his personal comments that also gave him away was his familiarity of the old slogan “Marx, Mao, and Marcuse” from his college days.
It was an intro to political theory class, and when Marx was discussed he was fairly critical of Marxism’s failings, and even checked this one girl in the class who was overly enthusiastic about the subject.
He is a real Catholic in his eyes, but it’s very much the Liberation Theology kind.
How did his Liberation Theology translate to wanting more government to provide more services to create a dependent, servile class? That’s what I don’t get.