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Question: Did Pope Benedict Attack Capitalism in His 2013 World Peace Day Message? Answer: No! Comments

Pope Benedict's profound letter on World Peace Day should be read by every world leader. It should also be ACCURATELY reported on. Did Pope Benedict attack Capitalism in his 2013 World Peace Day Message? The answer is No! He spoke the truth. He issued a caution, reaffirmed the truth about human freedom and inited upon the primacy of the person, the family and the true common good. Continue Reading

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  1. Mathew Thankachen O.Praem
    2 years ago

    I think, even if Pope attacked 'Capitalism', I would justify it for Church is neither the patron of any " ism" or political parties. Church is for " justice, peace and Charity", the values of Christ and for humanity. If in the history, Communism could be thoroughly criticized, why not Capitalism?? Today, the Capitalism of the US is equally destroying the values of Christ ,Church and humanity as did by communism years ago, but with a different manner, in a democratic way, even by exploiting the faith of the Catholic, while extolling the poor and homosexuals and women's liberty to abort. whether capitalism or Communism will stand only if it becomes " distributive wealth" and not merely the " wealth of the few", let Adam Smith be reminded that it is the " wealth of the Nation", and not to be " hoarded by the few" . In that sense, " taxing the rich to feed the poor" is justified, provided it is not manipulated by the political parties for vote banks. of course, principle of " subsidiarity" and " solidarity with the needy" should be with a view of " teaching them how to fish rather than giving them fish". I think, the Pope is for " Carita in Veritatis".
    Mathew Thankachen O.Praem

  2. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    Yeah, Rafael, big question... why did you leave out the truth? CAPITALISM WHEN GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS PROFIT BY REPRESENTING THE WEALTHY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE POOR: Totally evil. And absolutely the situation in which we live today. There is no "Capitalism regulated by good morals (heart)" today.
    Any questions?

  3. mike robertson
    2 years ago

    The Pope, being an educated man, cannot oppose capitalism. The candidate elected by Catholic democrats, being truly uneducated, hates capitalism. We have the misfortune of living through his Third World socialist basket case economy with its savage results: high unemployment, high poverty, lower wealth and lower incomes. Its premise is to reward dropping out of high school because of laziness, rewarding sexual immorality and rewarding idleness. God, on the contrary, says children should be born to a woman who is married to a man, not out of wedlock. God says if someone does not work, he or she should not eat. God has commandments against covetousness and theft. These two sins are part of the bedrock of the Catholic democrats' candidate and his class warfare sending us to a Greek-like collapse. No surprise that this brutal economic policy comes from the Catholic democrats' candidate who also voted for the legal killing of girls and boys outside of their mom's womb even after they survive the attempt to kill them in the womb.

  4. Steven
    2 years ago

    Capitalism is attacking itself it does not need any help from Papa or anyone else for that matter.

  5. Yasha Renner
    2 years ago

    Intelligent Catholics don't need the Pope to attack capitalism. We have Hilaire Belloc and G. K. Chesterton to thank for that. And let it be perfectly understood: Capitalism is a condition which leads to servility. Read The Servile State. Read Rerum Novarum. Christians, and especially Catholic Christians, must stop defending a word because it is (erroneously) thought to proceed from Christian doctrine. It doesn't. Thanks to what we call Capitalism, today much of the West has fallen prey to Plutocracy.

  6. rafaelmarie
    2 years ago




  7. William Horan
    2 years ago

    ( Also, though we are to give a love of preference to the poor, recognizing our solidarity with them, this call to solidarity is to be applied through the application of the principle of subsidiarity, rejecting all forms of dehumanizing collectivism, either of the left or the right.)
    The principle of solidarity with the poor also applies to the New Evangelization. Here is an example:
    We cannot solve the problems of the New Evangelization without the help of the poor. Cardinal Claudio Hummes gives us some direction when he states: "A servant church must have as its priority solidarity with the poor," he said. "The faith must express itself in charity and in solidarity, which is the civil form of charity," Hummes said.
    "Today more than ever, the church faces this challenge. In fact, effective solidarity with the poor, both individual persons and entire nations, is indispensable for the construction of peace. Solidarity corrects injustices, reestablishes the fundamental rights of persons and of nations, overcomes poverty and even resists the revolt that injustice provokes, eliminating the violence that is born with revolt and constructing peace."
    May I suggest a way to practice this “solidarity” here in the USA:
    A "preferential option for the poor" should be maintained in our Catholic Schools. If we find that we cannot afford to keep our schools open to the poor, the schools should be closed and the resources used for something else which can be kept open to the poor. We cannot allow our Church to become a church primarily for the middle-class and rich while throwing a bone to the poor. The priority should be given to the poor even if we have to let the middle-class and rich fend for themselves.
    Practically speaking, the Catholic Schools must close and the resources used for "Confraternity of Christian Doctrine" and other programs which can be kept open to the poor. Remember, the Church managed without Catholic Schools for centuries. We can get along without them today. The essential factor is to cultivate enough Faith to act in the Gospel Tradition, namely, THE POOR GET PRIORITY. The rich and middle-class are welcome too. But the poor come first. (William Horan)

  8. techwreck
    2 years ago

    Deacon Keith, I respect your views and reject the simplistic views of the secular press in interpreting the Pope's remarks. But, the truth is that the Holy Father needs to tell us what he means by, "an unregulated financial capitalism." The expression has no standard definition, and making assumptions about what words mean when describing complex systems is dangerous. I will look for further comment from the Holy Father instead of assigning my own meaning to his words.

  9. abey
    2 years ago

    Capitalism today denotes "Indulgences" in material & in words & to know the indulgences through words one has just to look at "Huffington Post" & its people.

  10. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    No... the Pope meant EXACTLY what he said... despite the efforts of the Political Right to equate the two, unregulated capitalism is no more Godly or Christian than Communism is. God bless the Holy Father for his wisdom.

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