Skip to comments.Pope: 'unjust' unemployment can mean sin, suicide
Posted on 02/04/2014 1:29:58 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis extolled the benefits of sharing wealth with the poor on Tuesday, warning that "unjust" social conditions like unemployment can lead to sin, financial ruin and even suicide.
The Jesuit pope has frequently railed about the excesses of capitalism and income disparity in a globalized world, and his message for Lent issued Tuesday echoed those same concerns
"When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth," he said in the short message. "Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing."
He said it's not enough to just make charitable offerings. ""Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance. I distrust a charity that costs nothing and does not hurt," he wrote.
Francis has riled some conservative Americans for his denunciation of capitalism and trickle-down economic theory, which is says is based on a survival of the fittest mentality "where the powerful feed upon the powerless" with no regard for ethics, the environment or even God.
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This is nothing but “Social Justice” BS.
I’m sorry, there I said it.
It’s from the AP ... what do you think? ;-)
Is this from the Vatican? Or the Democrat Party Platform?
As an economist, the Pope makes a good theologian and moralist. Like everybody else, he should stick to what he knows. It’s not economics. We live in a world of scarce resources. Only one thing will end that condition of scarcity, and the Pope is very well equipped to speak on that subject. I doubt he sees the connection.
Perhaps if we had a government that backs businesses and extolls the virtues of working and making money instead of pushing “income inequality”, maybe we wouldn’t have unjust unemployment?
How about cashing in a few tons of gold and jewels from your headquarters and doling out some money to the masses?
Translation ... greed. I really don't think he's against capitalism as a financial model. His problem is with greedy individuals that corrupt the whole thing.
Another bird-brained leftie reporter trying to understand the Catholic Church.
First it was D.C. now the Vatican acting as field offices for the Soviet Kremlin.
If you are right, then payday loan companies and credit card firms with 38% compounding interest are in for a very interesting few years.
With a Pope who has a ‘social justice’ mentality, it is likely one and the same....considering all issues at the Vatican in the past several decades. I am surprised at his almost open support of Obama policies.
“the need for a fair distribution of wealth,” “
Does he define what is ‘fair’?
“Im sorry, there I said it.”
You needn’t apologize, because it’s the truth! The Pope is from Argentina. Just look at the political history of that country. The Pope needs to buy a clue!
If somebody is really to BLAME for the “unfair” distribution of wealth, then have the guts to point out WHO is to blame.
Or shut up.
When is this socialist pig going to shut his pie hole?
Holy Father, employment is “just” if employer and employee agree to the terms of the job and the wages.
“How about cashing in a few tons of gold and jewels from your headquarters and doling out some money to the masses?”
You beat me to it.
The artworks alone must be worth billions.
Hypocrisy and liberalism seem to go hand in hand.
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