It would be nice if these religious leaders that feel the need to pontificate on political or economic issues would be champions of freedom. If they truly desire less poverty, better health care, evangelism unhindered, or even a more educated population, work towards creating a limited government with maximum freedom. A more massive and oppressive nanny state, in whatever “ism” is trendy this week at your local seminary, will not improve the lives of the people one bit.
The benefits of liberty should be obvious in the history of the US, with its remarkable prosperity and quick rise to a global power. And as freedom has been restricted, and the state nationalizes industries, everybody suffers. Is education better than it was 50 years ago? Will health care be as good a decade from now? Do we have less poverty, or more religious freedom than we had 50 years ago?
What has bothered me about the pontiff’s clarifications on this topic, is that it can hardly be construed as a ringing endorsement for freedom. Liberty is a good thing - and its scriptural. If you really care about people and the Gospel, get people FREE!