Skip to comments.Pope Francis to UN delegation: “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State”
Posted on 05/09/2014 1:56:14 PM PDT by NYer
Today Pope Francis addressed a delegation of the UN – which I remind you is a principle agent for promoting abortion world-wide.
Below please find the full text of Pope Francis address to the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes on Friday, led by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.
There is some blah blah at first, but keep reading. My emphases and comments.
NOTE: A lot of this is simply warmed up John Paul II and Benedict XVI. There isn’t much new here, apart from the terrible wording about the State and redistribution. But we can, for the most part, say “Ho hum! Next?”
Mr Secretary General,Ladies and Gentlemen,
I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you gather in Rome for the biannual meeting for strategic coordination of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board.It is significant that todays meeting takes place shortly after the solemn canonization of my predecessors, Popes John XXIII and John Paul II. The new saints inspire us by their passionate concern for integral human development and for understanding between peoples. This concern was concretely expressed by the numeous visits of John Paul II to the Organizations headquartered in Rome and by his travels to New York, Geneva, Vienna, Nairobi and The Hague.
I thank you, Mr Secretary-General, for your cordial words of introduction. I thank all of you, who are primarily responsible for the international system, for the great efforts being made to ensure world peace, respect for human dignity, the protection of persons, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and harmonious economic and social development.The results of the Millennium Development Goals, especially in terms of education and the decrease in extreme poverty, confirm the value of the work of coordination carried out by this Chief Executives Board. At the same time, it must be kept in mind that the worlds peoples deserve and expect even greater results. [Do they?]
An essential principle of management is the refusal to be satisfied with current results and to press forward, in the conviction that those gains are only consolidated by working to achieve even more. In the case of global political and economic organization, much more needs to be achieved, since an important part of humanity does not share in the benefits of progress and is in fact relegated to the status of second-class citizens. [Perhaps the true culprits in that are local governments.] Future Sustainable Development Goals must therefore be formulated and carried out with generosity and courage, so that they can have a real impact on the structural causes of poverty and hunger, attain more substantial results in protecting the environment, ensure dignified and productive labor for all, and provide appropriate protection for the family, [Wasn't it some UN thingie that suggested that the Holy See was responsible for torture by teaching against abortion?] which is an essential element in sustainable human and social development. Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustice and resisting the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted.With this in mind, I would like to remind you, as representatives of the chief agencies of global cooperation, of an incident which took place two thousand years ago and is recounted in the Gospel of Saint Luke (19:1-10). It is the encounter between Jesus Christ and the rich tax collector Zacchaeus, as a result of which Zacchaeus made a radical decision of sharing and justice, because his conscience had been awakened by the gaze of Jesus. [Do I remember this correctly, or was Zacchaeus already giving half of the wealth he was creating to the poor, and he did it voluntarily, on his own? The government wasn't doing it for him. Right? And, apparently, he kept enough to continue to create wealth.] This same spirit should be at the beginning and end of all political and economic activity. The gaze, often silent, of that part of the human family which is cast off, left behind, ought to awaken the conscience of political and economic agents and lead them to generous and courageous decisions with immediate results, like the decision of Zacchaeus. Does this spirit of solidarity and sharing guide all our thoughts and actions?
Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which Gods providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others. ["Share with complete freedom". NOT "share by government or other agency confiscation and redistribution.] The account of Jesus and Zacchaeus teaches us that above and beyond economic and social systems and theories, there will always be a need to promote generous, effective and practical openness to the needs of others. Jesus does not ask Zacchaeus to change jobs nor does he condemn his financial activity; he simply inspires him to put everything, freely yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others. [Again, do I remember correctly? Wasn't he already giving half his wealth to the poor before he stood face to face with the Lord?] Consequently, I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors (cf. JOHN PAUL II, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 42-43; Centesimus Annus, 43; BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 6; 24-40), that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level. A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the worlds peoples and [Wait for it...] by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society. [By the STATE? When has any "State" done this effectively? And what does "legitimate" mean? According to laws that are passed? And if the laws are bad laws? And who will administrate it?]
Consequently, while encouraging you in your continuing efforts to coordinate the activity of the international agencies, which represents a service to all humanity, I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded. Invoking divine guidance on the work of your Board, I also implore Gods special blessing for you, Mr Secretary-General, for the Presidents, Directors and Secretaries General present among us, and for all the personnel of the United Nations and the other international Agencies and Bodies, and their respective families.
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I wonder how many people are still listening to him seriously on this issue.
Also, I would like to know if anyone around him is telling him that there are alternative ways of dealing with poverty apart from merely redistributing the wealth that other people create? Is Pope Francis talking to anyone about ideas that actually work?
I suspect other people might have the same reaction that I have when hearing/reading this stuff. It comes across as naive, out of step with history. Has any nation successfully dealt with poverty through redistribution? I don’t think so. Moreover, who would supervise this process of global redistribution? Angels? EU bureaucrats? The UN? Card. Rodriguez Maradiaga? Card. Kasper?
Finally, and I don’t mean this to be snarky, though I realize it could come off that way, given Argentina’s track record, should anyone from Argentina tell anyone else anything about how to deal with economic issues? A map of Argentina is in the illustrated dictionary by the entry “self-imposed economic decline”. Bad economies don’t create wealth. You can take every dime from ever person who has them and give them to the poor, and, at the end of the day you will have greater devastation. And the State solutions do no better.
How about talking about something other than what has been shown time and again to be disaster?
Fr. Z weighs in on the pope’s address today. The media are already spinning this like a top. Ping!
Argentine and Jesuit.
You first! just let me redistribute all the churches riches as I see fit and then we'll talk about letting the governments of the world redistributes the riches of everyone else.
The Pope is not an economist. In this case he is not speaking about matters of faith and morals. I will ignore what he has to say on this subject.
The demonic Left’s new best friend.
The forums are buzzing with leftists touting “God’s new message to conservatives.” They are ecstatic (as if anything any pope said means a hill of beans to any fundamentalist Christian.)
So, he’s now a “gay” socialist.
This guy has been irritating me for a long time. If America followed the Pope’s prescription, we and the entire world would be living in squalor. Bob
IMHO, “legitimate” income distributionby the state is equally legitimate as is “legitimate” rape.
I know I'll be judged by Him,in among other ways,by the "charity" I show to the less fortunate.I also know that I will not be harshly judged by Him because of my opposition to government attempts to redistribute wealth in the way Osama Obama,and many other Marxist politicians worldwide,have tried to do.
” I disagree “by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State, “
This pope appears to be a communist in a white cassock.
New International Version
Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
New Living Translation
Is it against the law for me to do what I want with my money? Should you be jealous because I am kind to others?’
GOD’S WORD® Translation
Can’t I do what I want with my own money? Or do you resent my generosity towards others?’
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my business? Are you jealous because I’m generous?’
International Standard Version
I am allowed to do what I want with my own money, am I not? Or are you envious because I’m generous?’
Really, no spinning is necessary.
Pope’s a commie, and it’s been obvious for some time now.
It isn’t wise to ignore commies in our midst. We can see quite clearly where that has gotten us.
Will Some gaucho please throw a bola around this pope?
Since I do not have any serious agrement with the the views of the Roman Catholic faith as the powers or responsibilities of the Pope I will just take his view as with any other world leader, that of a person in power agreeing that the state may take MORE from some to give to others by the age old doctrine of MIGHT makes Right. One that I happen to not agree with.
His position on abortion I do agree with by the way, based on the biblical events where the pre birth children were seen as people.
I recommend reading Ed Morrisey’s Hot Air blog on this new Papal Comment. Ed makes a very good point that the Pope is talking about Zacchaeus who decides to spend HIS own money. And that It is NOT a call for the government to tax and spend our money.
Ed closes with this statement: “ Its clear, though, that he wasnt calling for widespread and massive confiscation of wealth by governments. In fact, the story of Zacchaeus points out the dangers and injustice that result from that kind of policy.”
the POPE doesn’t not Represent 100% of catholics when he encourages government redistribution....he is BLATANTLY POLITICAL
“IMO,Jesus made it very clear,more than once,that charitable works are expected of His followers.So it seems to me that,when it comes to matters related to money and the “poor”,Christ was basically a socialist.”
How so ?
2 Thessalonians 3:10
For even when we were with you, we used to give you this order: if anyone is not willing to work, then he is not to eat, either. NASB
“For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.
As far as contracts and labor Christ spoke in parable far against the socialist dictum of from each is ability and to each his need..
As each was paid what was agreed not what was “fair” in the socialist sense but what was FAIR the contract agreed to by the workers
Even Ananias selling HIS property was free to give or not to the Church his error was in saying that he would give all and then being shown to not have don so. Acts 5:1
It is true that charity shall cover a multitude of sins (KV) but Socialism is compelled and in now way charitable but force.
As with all Biblical matters it is my hope that I have not misrepresented them in any way.
that should read in NO way not.. (in NOW way) sorry for error
On economic issues my Pope is a Marxist, and I disagree and will ignore him.
Thank you for the post and ping! The msm and low information voters are unfamiliar with Zacchaeus, much less anything else in scripture, and can only interpret (spin) his words according to their secularist understanding of life.
You can see, by the comments posted to this thread, just how pervasive this ignorance has become.
Charity has *nothing* to do with socialism, FRiend. If anything, socialist/communist redistribution takes away the responsibility of charity from the individual, and grants it to the state in the form of redistribution. It would be good for you to study the matter in order to discern the difference...
Yes,I understand that.Perhaps,in my post,I should have included the *real* definition,and the Marxist definition, of both those words in order to set the stage for my basic point.
The only legitimate redistribution of wealth by the State is through fair taxation towards services that benefit all the residents. All may not benefit equally but all share some of the benefits. An example would be roads and parks.
But taking wealth from one person to create income for another is not a legitimate act of the State. Not because it is a bad idea for governments to have policies to eradicate poverty but because it never works. The amount of government power and interference is people’s lives that would be required to make it work is unacceptable to any freedom loving people.
Economics does indeed have a moral dimension. We call it charity which is not the same as redistribution.
This Pope is simply stating the position of the Church since its founding.
To those whose political views have replaced/supplanted their faith then a bit of prayer may come in handy.
To those who have neither lost their faith nor their political view..a bit of prayer may come in handy.
For everyone else who cares..
And not a word about the liberty-destroying evils of the dirigente State--- let alone a global superstate.
Bafflegab. And of course, it usually amounts to seizing the wages from wage-earners in rich countries, to give it to rich people in poor countries. It's not even good for "the poor." :o/
I agree with your post # 18. Very good point. Redistribution of wealth from the rich to the poor leaves everyone poor — except the government honchos.
LEGITIMATE REDISTRIBUTION’ OF WEALTH BY THE STATE IS AN OXIMORON.
Argentinean pope Francis has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity.
Isnt it a fact that the countries that exclude the capitalistic system are so poor for just that reason? Even Communist China, by embracing capitalism, is becoming an economic super power and has begun eliminating the famines and abject poverty endemic to it for centuries. The same is being seen in India, South Korea and Taiwan. 60 years ago, the last two of the aforementioned countries were poorer and had less natural resources than most of the Latin American countries, but they embraced capitalism and became a prosperous part of the first world community.
What is it that His Holiness is advocating in order to eliminate poverty in the World? Jesus Christ said that the poor will always be with us, but, Jesus was not alluding only to economic poverty, He was also referring to moral and spiritual poverty as well.
Since the beginning of his election, Pope Francis has been involved in a continuous barrage of misrepresentations and attacks against the free enterprise system, which together with political and religious freedom, are the main tenets of modern capitalism. In spite of its defects and shortcomings, no system in human history has reduced poverty more in the world and helped to raise the standards of living for Humanity as a whole, than the free enterprise capitalistic system. Thus far, I have yet to hear Pope Francis condemn the socialist regimes that continue to keep their people subjugated and in a state of misery, as is the case in Cuba and Venezuela, and these are just two of the many other well known apprentices of tyrannical socialist regimes in Latin America.
Is Pope Francis Peronist vision of a third way between Socialism and Capitalism the way to eliminate poverty in the world? Peronism, a populist hybrid between Socialism and Fascism reduced Argentina, a very rich country with a numerous well educated middle class, to the present waste basket state it is today.
Isnt the so called redistribution of wealth one of the main tenets of the Marxist doctrine and a slogan used ad nauseam by demagogues throughout history?
As soon as he took power, Pope Francis has been trying to rescue the Marxist liberation theology from the dust bin of history where it was relegated by Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI, a movement that supported the Marxist guerrillas in Latin America and was used by the Cuban regime to expand communism in this hemisphere.
In Quod Apostolici Muneris, the great Leo XIII condemned socialism as a Satanic counterfeit of the Gospel.
As Pope Pius XI affirmed in his Encyclical letter Divini Redemptoris on Atheistic Communism:
58. “See to it, Venerable Brethren, that the Faithful do not allow themselves to be deceived! Communism is intrinsically wrong, and no one who would save Christian civilization may collaborate with it in any undertaking whatsoever. Those who permit themselves to be deceived into lending their aid towards the triumph of Communism in their own country, will be the first to fall victims of their error. And the greater the antiquity and grandeur of the Christian civilization in the regions where Communism successfully penetrates, so much more devastating will be the hatred displayed by the godless.”
By orders of Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Ratzinger, a prefect of the CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH, issued the following INSTRUCTION ON CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE “THEOLOGY OF LIBERATION” in which it was condemning the inclusion of the class struggle and other parts of the ideology and Marxist praxis under the Christian cover of a so called liberation theology.
According to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the same discaterio that once condemned the movement. In the 1980s the CDF, under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, attacked liberation theology as borrowing from various currents of Marxist thought.
Few know that Müller is also a pupil of Gustavo Gutierrez, the father of Latin-American liberation theology. When Müller, the prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, affirms that Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology it exposes the reason for the exaltation of Leonardo Boff and the most radical leaders of the Marxist Liberation theology with the election of Pope Francisco.
Pope Francis right hand, the powerful Honduran Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, who was put by the Pope in charge of the reform of the Church, makes his sympathies clear when he quotes as an authority on the morality of international investment the Swiss radical Jean Ziegler a longtime defender of Fidel Castro, who has called the United States an imperialist dictatorship.
Pope Francis opening to liberation theology is in stark contrast with the persecution to a very orthodox order, the Franciscans of the Inmaculata, for its adherence to the Tridentine mass and the traditional tenets and liturgy that were the orthodox standard of the Catholic Church for hundreds of years.
And that is difficult for the government to achieve in the best of circumstances - and impossible when giving Joe a job is the actual mission.
Thanks for posting. I was warring in my brain: ‘I don’t believe the MSM version’ vs ‘That stupid pope.’ haha.
Didn’t you read the comment? “When is Pope Francis being misquoted? When his lips are moving.” Don’t mistake the MSM’s soundbytes for the Pope’s message.
The most misquoted pope in history.
His words and behaviors make plenty of sense if one "reads Francis through Pascendi Dominici Gregis."
Even men who rise to the rank of Pope would do well to steer clear of ascribing anything intelligible to the incoherent systems of ideas that today parade around the collectivist banners of socialism and redistribution. Nothing can come of it when you mix that which comes about due to human action with that which comes about by human design. Planned economies are only possible through coercion and dictatorship and through cronyism.
For everyone who is criticizing the Pope’s words — check out the meaning of subsidiarity.
1 Timothy 5.20 those that persist in sin,
Anyone making statements like this need to seek the face shalom b'SHEM Yah'shua HaMashiach
of YHvH and turn back from purposfully violating YHvH's
You shall not steal. "
rebuke publicly so others
stand in fear and not fall away
1 Timothy 5.20 those that persist in sin,
He’s saying nothing that the last two Popes didn’t say. Now for what he really said about “income redistribution”.
“The media are already gushing over the pope’s call for a redistribution of wealth, but they are downplaying his remarks on abortion and euthanasia. And what he said about the economic responsibilities of wealthy nations is, quite frankly, old stuff. Indeed, he cites his two predecessors as saying the same thing. To be specific, the pope did not call for economic equality: He twice called for economic equity. Equity means fairness; it does not mean sameness.
More important, the pope linked the rights of the unborn, and those who are ill, to the cause for justice. “Today, in concrete terms,” he said, “an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.”
The pope also denounced our “throwaway culture” and the “culture of death.” He has used those terms before (the latter was coined by Saint John Paul II), so there is no ambiguity: He is clearly speaking about the disposal of unborn babies and the plight of the terminally ill.
Kudos to the pope for speaking to these issues with such force. We hope that the U.N. executives heed his advice”
On faith and morals I will follow him to my dying day, on this and other matters, I will listen politely and then do what my conscience dictates.
I know that he has said some good things also. But a caller on Savage last night cited Pope Leo’s encyclycal on wealth creation. THIS Pope Leo really understood propaganda about income and wealth disparity.
I think that the major difficulty that I have with Pope Francis is that he sounds just like Obama when he speaks on economic matters. You know, like wealth has dropped from the sky mystically, like manna! Bob
Another problem: According to Savage, who gets things wrong sometimes, is that this pope is stacking the College of Cardinals with clergy from Marxist nations. I know, you could say that with Maobama in the WH, America could also be considered Communist now. Bob
The Pope’s views on economics are his own, not official policy of the Roman Catholic Church. His views are also the same as JP2 and B16. But they didn’t go off the cuff all the time making strange comments just for the hell of it.
Bishop Tobin argued against what he called the popes suggestion that the Church accommodate the needs of the age. If that happens, he wrote, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultural, prophetic voice, a voice that the world needs to hear.
Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI proscribed Liberation Theology as a beachhead of Marxists into the Catholic Church. As soon as Pope Francis took power, he welcomed back to the Church the leaders of the Marxist Liberation Theology. QUO O VADIS, FRANCIS?
By order of H.H. John Paul II, the Prefect of The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Joseph Ratzinger, published on August 6, 1984, the INSTRUCTION ON CERTAIN ASPECTS OF THE "THEOLOGY OF LIBERATION" alerting the faithful about the dangers of the mixing of Marxism with the Gospels.
The present Instruction has a much more limited and precise purpose: to draw the attention of pastors, theologians, and all the faithful to the deviations, and risks of deviation, damaging to the faith and to Christian living, that are brought about by certain forms of liberation theology which use, in an insufficiently critical manner, concepts borrowed from various currents of Marxist thought.
The Churchs preferential option for the poor is incompatible with the creation of misery and the lost of liberty that is intrinsically an inseparable part of Marxist regimes.
9."Let us recall the fact that atheism and the denial of the human person, his liberty and rights, are at the core of the Marxist theory. This theory, then, contains errors which directly threaten the truths of the faith regarding the eternal destiny of individual persons. Moreover, to attempt to integrate into theology an analysis whose criterion of interpretation depends on this atheistic conception is to involve oneself in terrible contradictions. What is more, this misunderstanding of the spiritual nature of the person leads to a total subordination of the person to the collectivity, and thus to the denial of the principles of a social and political life which is in keeping with human dignity."
7. The warning of Paul VI remains fully valid today: Marxism as it is actually lived out poses many distinct aspects and questions for Christians to reflect upon and act on. However, it would be "illusory and dangerous to ignore the intimate bond which radically unites them, and to accept elements of the Marxist analysis without recognizing its connections with the ideology, or to enter into the practice of class-struggle and of its Marxist interpretation while failing to see the kind of totalitarian society to which this process slowly leads." 
When H.H. Pope Paul VI saw how Vatican II was separated from its original intend, with heartbroken words said: It seems like smoke from Hell penetrated through the windows of the Vatican. It seems that now the smoke from Hell entered the Church embraced to the liberation theology.
In the 2005 Conclave Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected as Benedict XVI. During the Conclave the powerful Cardinal Martini the Pope of the Liberal Catholics -tried his outmost to get elected the Argentinian Jesuit, Cardinal Bergoglio.
Cardinal Martini was for Pope Francis, what Saul Alinsky was for Obama.
Cardinal Martini of Milan was for abortion, same sex marriage, condoms in Africa, etc. In his last interview before his passing, the Cardinal famously noted that the Church is 200 years behind the times.
William Doino on First Things blog has a lovely response:
Father John Holloway said: Cardinal Martini was vastly underestimating the situation. The Church is not 200 years out of dateit is 2,000 years out of date, and will remain so, for the eternal truths of Jesus Christ are timeless and not subject to the trends of any particular age, however forward it thinks it is.