Posted on December 3, 2013


Pope Francis preaches “The Joy of the Gospel” and recently he denounced “trickle-down” economics as a system that “expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.”

It is a view that “has never been confirmed by facts,” and has created “a globalization of indifference.”

The concern for the poor and a condemnation of economic injustice are the messages the Pope considers his mission. “In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits,” he writes “whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which becomes the only rule.”

The Pope also condemns “idolatry of money.”

As the first Catholic pope from the Southern Hemisphere, he is especially mindful of the ways in which unregulated capitalism has failed the poor and left them “waiting.”

America needs to take the Pope’s message to heart.


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