Pope Francis remembers that Jesus thing about money

Pope Francis remembers that Jesus thing about money

by digby

It would appear that somebody's been listening to hippie Jesus instead of puritan Jesus or John Galt Jesus:
Pope Francis has attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone as pontiff.

The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March.

In it, Francis went further than previous comments criticising the global economic system, attacking the "idolatry of money" and beseeching politicians to guarantee all citizens "dignified work, education and healthcare".

He also called on rich people to share their wealth. "Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills," Francis wrote in the document issued on Tuesday.

"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?"

The pope said renewal of the church could not be put off and the Vatican and its entrenched hierarchy "also need to hear the call to pastoral conversion".

"I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," he wrote.
Women are still expected to be primarily baby making vessels unfortunately, but you have to admit that this message must be making poor little Paul Ryan have some profane thoughts he's going to have to cop to the next time he goes to confession. Ayn Rand is screaming inside his head.

Popes and priest have always said this stuff of course. They just made it sound like it wasn't a major problem in comparison to issues of lady parts. This pope appears to think hippie Jesus was on to something important that needs to be addressed. It's good timing, I'll say that.