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Really, is Pope Francis...a communist? Comments

Is Pope Francis a communist? An article on CNBC raised the question based on comments made by the Holy Father since his becoming pope. His comments on capitalism have raised eyebrows and caused some conservative Catholics in the United States to take pause. Continue Reading

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  1. Paul Becke
    11 months ago

    http://www.internetmonk.com/archive/quotes-from-the-fathers-on-mercy-that-might-enlighten-or-offend-you

    'Nuff said?

  2. David Hollingsworth
    11 months ago

    Pope Francis is a man who is setting the example for Christian living. After reading the article and some of the comments, the thought of Lee Iacocca came to mind. When he was President of Chrysler(?) there was an economic crunch and production was slowing down. He asked the plant workers to take cuts in pay. They refused. He asked why. Their answer, Every time there's a production slow down we are the ones who get laid off or have to take cuts in pay. What about you guys in the headquarters? He said, Good point. Starting with myself, there will be pay cuts in Hq. There was a great amount of p---ing and moaning coming out of the executive corner but he stood firm. Everyone had pay cuts except a few file clerks and other such types who were getting paid little enough in the first place. He also raised the price of the lunches in the executive dining room. Again squawk! squawk! squawk! He had researched the cost of the steak and lobster dinners/lunches and learned that the price they were paying did not come close to covering the preparation expenses. End of squawking. Mr. Iacocca was definitely profit oriented but he also had a compassion and appreciation for the workers. Without them production doesn't get off the ground. Keep up the good work, Your Holiness.

  3. Vance
    11 months ago

    Rob, "Nobody says a PEEP about the government lavishing rewards and protections on the wealthy." Hey, I agree. I am beside myself over Obama 'Lavishing' billions of dollars on these millionaire and Billionaire Bundlers for Obama's and the Communist Democrat Party's campaign fund war chests. You remember those 15 solar and wind power and electric car industries that went bust and move to China?? They were run by Obama Bundlers. I agree with you about Billionaires like Warren Buffett, George Soros, Oprah Winfrey, and Bill Gates corrupting the political system with their Floods of Money financing Communist Democrat Party campaign war chests.

    Yes, I agree with you that the poor are getting the shaft. Obama and his regime has created 60 million poor people since he came to power and his policies have made it so they will be permanently poor. Many more are joining the ranks of the poor as I type this post. Millions have gone from decent paying jobs to Part-Time jobs. I see it all around me.

    You see Rob, we agree on quite a lot of issues.

  4. GW
    11 months ago

    I'm heartened by the actions of this Pope. May his papacy and his example go on, and on, and on.

  5. Rob
    11 months ago

    Karl,

    Your analysis of who is footing the bill is spot on. For all of our whining about entitlemet programs and government spending in general, I find it odd that there is hardly a peep about the lavish rewards and government protections the wealthy in this country enjoy. A system where your wealth is protected at the cost of the working class is not capitalism. Yet we say nothing about it...we just keep poiinting the finger at the poor.

    Our government is so utterly corrupted that so long as we allow the level of money in our politics that exists today, we have no hope at all. Money talks and it's the exact reason we have what we have. It's also the reason none of the social issues are ever handled.

  6. Vance
    11 months ago

    KarlVDH, "Let's really be honest". I agree. Communism can't work in the real world. I agree. But let's really be honest that the Banks have been regulated since FDR in the 1930's and they were forced by the Clinton Admin to grant mortgage loans to those who could never make the payments. Yes, let's ask the coal miner, "How's the Free Market working for you?" He will answer, "Not so good because Obama and the EPA is regulating the Coal Industry out of business and regulating me out of a decent paying job the same as Obama did to the oil platform workers in the Gulf of Mexico and Alaska." Those oil platforms out on the Gulf are now Cuban, Chinese, and Brazilian pumping the same oil that is lost to Americans. This is why we pay $4 per gallon of gas because your Dear Leader has done everything in his power to stop oil drilling and production.

    Let's be honest! Billionaires Oprah Winfrey, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and others came from small humble beginnings and were free to create and sell there products which made them Billionaires. While they became rich, millions of "Working Class" people were paid decent wages that afforded them a decent standard of living. The products they sold made our society better for "The Worker", Yes, Let's ask the "Workers" of Solyndra and the 14 other now defunct solar and wind power companies that received Billions of 'Stimulus Fund' money, how's Obama's crony capitalism working for you? Right now they are members of a daily growth of the Poor who are receiving welfare and Food Stamps. Thank you Obama and Harry Reid!!

    No, we don't need to worry about Capitalism. We do need to worry about Obamacare and its IPAD. Many people will be rationed to death. We Catholics need to worry about the HHS Mandate. Unless the Church complies, Obama and the Communist Democrat Party will impose a heavy fine on a daily basis until the Church complies. If the Church doesn't pay the fine, then comes the Gestapo IRS with it military unit to close churches and schools. Ask the Oregon Baker who lost his business because he refused to make a wedding cake for two homosexuals who wanted to get married.

  7. Old Soldier
    11 months ago

    KarlVDH, you are Bsolutely right. I cannot agree with you more. I stand right beside you when the accusations start flying!

    Blessings

  8. KarlVDH
    11 months ago

    Capitalism is the freedom of a human being to rise and achieve his full potential. The citizen under Capitalism has the opportunity to live a decent standard of living with no one to keep him down.

    Vance let's not gild the lily, either. Capitalism is no more "the answer" than communism is. Let's be really honest... deregulation of the banks let to the need for the bailouts. Lack of regulation led to the predatory loans that tanked the housing market and then the economy. Deliberate dependence on fossil fuels has certainly made many rich, but also brought us the gulf spill, four dollar a gallon gas prices which have driven up EVERY ofhte market's prices, and directly led to the loss of jobs that plagues us now. Ask a coal miner how that "free market" is working for him. Come on, man... capitalism is great... for the wealthy. For the working class, all capitalism does is ensure that the welfare of the poor AND the bailout of the rich are on his back.
    The real solution is somewhere between capitalism and democrtatic socialism. (The concept, not the party.) Because the truth is, Communism simply cannot work in the real world, and capitalism, for all its vaunted "freedom" and "potential" in actuality does nothing but keep the working class carrying the load for those above AND below.

  9. josephtran
    11 months ago

    This is the big problem! the problem of ignorance. It shows that the people today didn't know well Church History and Christian Humanism.. Is it Catholic a Nazi or Communist a Socialist???
    The truth is that All of them have stolen the those ideas from Catholic teaching. The only difference is that while the Catholic Church builds on voluntary of individual, they build on authority of the government to force people.

  10. Edwin Reffell
    11 months ago

    Pope Francis is definitely not a communist. This video is cut short. I would very much like to see the end of it. Please add it.


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