Last week Pope Francis laid out what he called a third way of economics; one that he says is based on Christian charity and love of neighbor. Yet, it is not surprising that after reading the comments that he made about this third way, a good majority of capitalists and believers in Biblical charity are quite concerned. So much so, that Pope Francis had no choice but to attempt to assuage fears of his Marxism by attempting to clarify what he intended when proposing his third way of economics. Yet, instead of assuaging fears, I for one am even more concerned after reading the Pope's clarifications. So the question remains, is Pope Francis really a Marxist?
The comments made by Pope Francis on Wednesday December 11th, 2013 during his apostolic exhortation (an address given to followers/disciples of Christ) Evangelii Gaudium, put forth a third way of economics, that as the Pope suggested would be ruled over by experts and people of good-will. Stating:
"Growth in justice requires more than economic growth, while presupposing such growth: it requires decisions, programs, mechanisms and processes specifically geared to a better distribution of income, the creation of sources of employment and an integral promotion of the poor which goes beyond a simple welfare mentality."
Thus, for any sane thinking person, this is nothing but a clear urging to Marxism. Since, if we are going beyond a welfare state in order to promote and benefit the poor, which in the statement above, comes, according to the Pope, only when there is a better distribution of income. And when this distribution of income comes solely through the ruler-ship of experts and people of quote on quote good-will through programs and systems (mechanisms). Then you are establishing nothing more than the top down Soviet system, where all money was collected by the experts and people of good-will and then distributed evenly amongst all the people, in order to promote the poor and the collective good.
Yet, before we jump to an crazy conclusions, like taking the Pope's words at face value, let's see if his clarifications that he made on Sunday can back him away from this suicide path. Since remember, Marxism's entire ideology is centered on the notion that there is no God and thus the material world is all that matters, which is why everyone must be enslaved in order to promote the collective material good. Especially since without God there is no intrinsic value to man, for man does not bear God's image; and thus to use man like animals and kill them like animals is permitted under Marxism, and necessary under Marxism especially since the collective good is the highest good and thus must always be promoted over justice.
"the Marxist ideology is wrong, but in my life I have met a lot of Marxists who are good people, so I do not feel offended. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the ‘trickle-down theories’ which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefiting the poor, but what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory. I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist.”
Wow, I don't know about anyone else, but with all due respect Pope Francis, yes, yes it does. Since, while one can be fair, and say that it could also mean being a socialist. Something that no one seems to remember and everyone conveniently seems to forget from history class, is that all socialists are Marxists; with the only difference being that instead of a bloody revolution, they attempt to impose Marxism through the ballot box. Thus, it absolutely DOES mean being a Marxist.
Since, when you are advocating that capitalism has not resulted in the greatest wealth for the greatest number of people, when throughout history it is clear that it has. And when you start advocating that a government of experts and people of good-will must ensure that there are programs, policies, and mechanisms in place in order to distribute wealth from the richest to the poorest, I don't know what you have been taught that it was called Pope Francis, but that is called Marxism.
Furthermore, your belief that this distribution of wealth can coincide with a "creation of sources of employment" for the poor is befuddling. Since, no one has ever been employed, or at least not for very long, by another poor person. Sources of employment arise when a rich person has capital, and decides to invest that capitol and create jobs in the hope of making more capital.
Moreover, your disbelief in a trickle-down theory of economics when you are standing before a group of relatively poor and middle-class people who are filming you and taking your picture with thousands upon thousands of cameras and cell-phones and then uploading them onto the internet instantly (once technology only afforded by the rich or only the government) is just dumbfounding when the proof is unfolding right in front of you.
Lastly, the only reason that corporations don't fail anymore and thus allow the capitol to fall into the right hands once more, driving employment, upward mobility, and innovation to knew heights; is because we have a bunch of collectivist, Marxist unions, such as the Auto Workers Union in the United States. Who pressure the government to save them and bail them out by bailing out the GM corporation; which is an anathema to capitalism.
Also, your comment in the Evangelii Gaudium, that the church does not have a "monopoly on the interpretation of social realities or the proposal of solutions to contemporary problems," coupled with your comments that "Marxists are good people" which made you Time Magazine's person of the year, and that "God endorses the existence of a gay person with love, instead of rejection and condemnation," which made you a gay magazine's, The Advocate's, person of the year; is most troubling. Since, not only can you not ensure that Marxists won't use your third way of economics for evil, but you are suggesting that we listen to them and embrace their ideas.
An idea that should be raising alarm bells all across Christendom. Since, while God obviously endorses the existence of both homosexuals and Marxists and loves them just as he loves all fallen sinful humans, which is why He sent His one and only Son to die on the Cross for our salvation for any who would believe in Him (John 3:16); that simply means that we do not have a right to kill them or actively punish them for their sins. This does not mean that we should not, always out of love and want to see them have eternal life, condemn their lifestyle and point out to them the error of their ways, nor that they are good people. Since, they both openly rebel against God's law and are blinded by sin to the point that the Marxists blaspheme against the Holy Spirit and the homosexuals have been turned over by God Himself (Romans 1:24-15) to their shameful desires.
Moreover, any human being, given the fall and our sinful nature, whether Marxist, homosexual, atheist, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Muslim, agnostic etc. that is without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and the knowledge of Christ our Lord that comes with that, has been so corrupted and blinded by sin that they cannot see. This is why faith in Christ is only achieved through the Holy Spirit first approaching and unblinding us, never achieved by fallen human understanding alone and apart from God. This is why, only those who have been unblinded by the power of the Holy Spirit, can ever be said to have a proper interpretation of social realities or proposals of solutions to contemporary problems. Since, common sense will indicate that the blind leading the blind never results in progress and often results in fatal tragedy and sin, such as Marxism.
This is why for the Pope to say, that Christians do not have a sole "monopoly on the interpretation of social realities or the proposal of solutions to contemporary problems," is not from Christ and thus is evil. Since, if other philosophies and religions apart from the Holy Spirit now have equal authority in addressing the social realities and contemporary problems of this age, then this is to contradict the Holy Scriptures. Since, Jesus Christ alone is the truth, the way and the life (John 14:6), and until the indwelling of the Holy Spirit we, because of the fall, are all enemies of God and thus lovers of evil (Romans 5:10). Meaning that any other philosophy and religion if man-made or Satan-made is in rebellion against God, which is why God's Word is the only truth and promoter of good, and why the Church does indeed have a "monopoly on the interpretation of social realities or the proposal of solutions to contemporary problems." Since, we as disciples of Christ, because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, are the only ones who have a chance at seeing and perceiving correctly.
Yet, it should be mentioned here, that this does not mean that I am advocating that only those truths explicitly written in the Bible are useful and promote the good, meaning that capitalism would also have to be thrown out. Instead, I am stating that those truths devoid of a grounding in the Bible are useless and evil, and that it is only those truths that are grounded in the truth of Holy Scripture that are useful and can promote the good; which is why capitalism should never be done away with. Since, another convenient thing that is never taught in history class, is that just like the American Constitution which is grounded in the truths of the Bible, Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations which lays out capitalism, finds it foundations in a book by Adam Smith titled Moral Sentiments, in which the truth of capitalism is grounded in the morality of the Bible and capitalism is demonstrated to fail without this moral grounding provided by the Bible.
Finally, by the Pope suggesting that these other philosophies and religions devoid of the truth of Holy Scripture should have a say in the way that the Church fulfills its charitable mission in the world as Christ's body, since they have insights and solutions that perhaps the Church is missing, then this is to suggest that the truths of the Bible are insufficient, and that Jesus Christ (God) alone is not the answer to all the world's problems. Clear blasphemy if there ever was any, and blasphemy that should be significantly troubling to all Christians in the Church, whether Catholic of not.
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