Pope Francis Attacks “Savage Capitalism”

Pope Francis addressing 20,000 unemployed workers in Sardinia.

After a stunning epiphany, Pope Francis chucked his prepared remarks and spoke from the heart to a crowd of 20,000 unemployed workers. Photo from america.aljazeera.com

Sean Hannity—the greatest Catholic in America by his own estimation—probably feels like his head is about to explode.

There’s a crozier-carrying communist behind the wheel of the Pope mobile.

Considering comments by Pope Francis yesterday, particularly in the wake of his criticism of “savage capitalism” earlier this year—there’s really no other way the nut jobs on the right can spin it. Francis is channeling Lenin.

According to Reuters, the Pope chucked prepared remarks yesterday at a meeting in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, and spoke from the heart to a crowd of 20,000 unemployed workers, “including miners in hard hats.”

His change of plans came about after he spoke to three unemployed individuals, including the married father of three, who told Francis that joblessness “oppresses you and wears you out to the depths of your soul.”

He responded with real feeling. “I find suffering here,” Francis said. “It weakens you and robs you of hope. Excuse me if I use strong words, but where there is no work there is no dignity.”

Later, the Pope celebrated mass in front of 300,000 outside the cathedral in Cagliari and told listeners:  “We don’t want this globalized economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the center (of an economic system) as God wants, not money.”

Unemployment across the island of Sardinia stands at 20% today, but Francis says the problem is worldwide, “the consequence of a world choice, of an economic system that brings about this tragedy, an economic system that has at its center an idol which is called money.”

Of course, Pope Francis’s Marxist tendencies have been in evidence before. As bishop of Buenos Aires, he “sided with unemployed workers in their conflict with government austerity plans, [and] ended his improvised speech [on Sunday] with a prayer asking God to ‘give us work and teach us to fight for work.’”

His comments yesterday only prove what the right must have already suspected. That the red banner will soon be flying over the Vatican! According to reports in The Guardian, Pope Francis hit out at “unbridled capitalism” this past May. He called for ethical reforms in the financial system to create a more humane society.

“We have created new idols,” Francis said at the time. “The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.”

Calling what we have now “savage capitalism,” Pope Francis insisted that a growing inequality in society was caused by “ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good.”

The Pope also noted last July that a “culture of selfishness” was widening the gap between rich and poor.

Then he called for greater efforts to fight hunger and poverty.

Of course, in Tea Party circles, where the faithful wear WWTD bracelets (What Would Ted Do) in honor of Senator Ted Cruz, these could be classed as “fighting words.”

In any case, we now have a leader of the Catholic Church who might argue that raising the minimum wage is just—who might say that limiting executive pay at top U. S. companies (now equal to that of 327 ordinary workers) and pouring some of the excess into other workers’ pockets makes more sense—that insuring needy individual have access to health care is both humane and just. Or, as the crazies on the right might put it—Francis is nothing more than a Marxist in a mitre.

Really, Senator Cruz, just think about it. What was Jesus up to when he gave away all those loaves and fishes?