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Pope Francis Denounces “New Tyranny” Of Unfettered Capitalism

Submitted by on November 27, 2013 – 10:28 amNo Comment

Pope Francis has taken his boldest step yet in reforming a Church well-known for the marble and gold of St. Peter’s Basilica. In his first major soley-authored work as pontiff, Francis condemned the “new tyranny” and “idolatry of money” of unfettered capitalism.

“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 his apostolic exhortation, which amounts to a platform for his papacy.

“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?”

Francis, 76, made the statements in an apostolic exhortation, essentially an official platform for his papacy. It is entitled “Evangelii Gaudium,” or The Joy of the Gospel. He also urged the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics (and others) to guarantee “dignified work, education and health care” for all people.

Francis also distinguished his views with a sympathetic eye towards an open and far-reaching church, saying he prefers “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.”

Pope Francis has made poverty and outreach a central issue since his election as pontiff last March. He has famously rejected the opulent and isolated papal quarters of the Vatican, washed the feet of female prisoners, and made statements sympathetic to homosexuals and atheists.
And last month, Francis suspended a lavishly-spending German clergyman dubbed “The Bishop of Bling,” and may turn the bishop’s $40 million home into a soup kitchen for the needy.
However, Francis has held fast to tradition on some issues. In the Evangelii Gaudium, he also stated that the possibility of allowing female priests “is not open to discussion.”


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