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Rush Limbaugh is Wrong, Karen Finney of MSNBC is Nuts: Pope Francis and Capitalism Comments

Do you get it Karen Finney and E.J. Dionne? It is not "progressive" to try to resolve problems by eliminating a human life! The lie of your brand of political progressivism has been exposed, rejected and dismissed by the Pope whom you think you can use to bolster your political agenda!  Also disturbing were words spoken by Rush Limbaugh. His contention, offered on the EIB Network, that some of ... Continue Reading

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  1. Duane
    11 months ago

    The reference I have seen repeatedly is "unfettered capitalism" and it is true he does not use those words but the popes version "absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation" would seem to be exactly the same thing. Conservative critics have labeled his attitude as anti-capitalism while ignoring the "unfettered" part. Vastly different.

  2. Trinbagonian
    11 months ago

    WILLIAM MONTI, if you are not being taught from the pulpit, I invite you to listen a little closer. Pay attention with a listening heart. You will acquire much. But you must desire it. So PRAY. Tell God you are not learning and you wish to learn. He Will Listen. But be prepared to go in it for the long haul.
    WILLIAM MONTI, it is indeed good to listen to Scripture, hear God, and understand. Then you may wish to attend Mass as often as you can, daily even.

    WILLIAM MONTI, God is real. He Is The Living Word. It is possible to hear Him. In the pews of The Catholic Church, He may be heard very clearly. He May even Linger with you after Mass too during the day. He waits to be invited, so Gracious, Gentle, and Humble is He. I hope you invite Him. If you don't, your soul will never be at peace. You will be unable to benefit from The Lord's Presence in The Word or in Church. You will have to flee from Him at Church; you will have to scatter from His Holy Temple.

    WILLIAM MONTI, If you do not hear Him or understand, this does not mean that others do not. Train yourself. Train your heart. Train your ear.
    I have selected parts of Today's Reading for you to read here. I hope you read and understand it from the heart:
    "That day the deaf will hear the words of the book and, delivered from shadow and darkness, the eyes of the blind will see. The lowly will find ever more joy in Yahweh and the poorest of people will delight in the Holy One of Israel; for the tyrant will be no more, the scoffer has vanished and all those on the look-out for evil have been destroyed: those who incriminate others by their words, those who lay traps for the arbitrator at the gate and groundlessly deprive the upright of fair judgement." Isaiah 29:18-21
    "he will acknowledge my name as holy, he will acknowledge the Holy One of Jacob to be holy and will hold the God of Israel in awe. Erring spirits will learn to understand and murmurers accept instruction." Isaiah 29: 23b-24
    "One thing I ask of Yahweh, one thing I seek: to dwell in Yahweh's house all the days of my life, to enjoy the sweetness of Yahweh, to seek out his temple." Psalm 27:4
    "As Jesus went on his way two blind men followed him shouting, "Take pity on us, son of David." And when Jesus reached the house the blind men came up to him and he said to them, "Do you believe I can do this?" They said, "Lord, we do." Then he touched their eyes saying, 'According to your faith, let it be done to you." And their sight returned.
    Matthew 9:27-30a

    You can find the rest of The Daily Reading at Catholic Online, if you wish.

    God bless you.

  3. MGM.
    11 months ago

    Karen Finney and E.J.Dionne are dust to the editors of C on L the only reason both are mention here is because of Rush Limbraugh's really nutty comments ( I think he really does believe the Pope is a Marxist )on the Pope. Limbraugh been insulting women,minorities, Union leaders and members and everybody else that does not agree with him why not the intelligence of the Vicar of Christ on his golden microphone! for years now but since he's the big mouth of the "Pro-Life" Republican Party the Right comes to his defense..I notice that The Catholic League down played Limbraugh's remark's What a profile in courage Bill is.

  4. Ed
    11 months ago

    At a time when some is the US are trying to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a bill that provides health care for low income families by increasing taxes on those making over $250,000/year, I think Pope Francis following comments are very relevant:

    “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.”

    I believe Francis is right. In the US, a study by the Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance found that annually about 45,000 deaths can be linked to lack of health coverage.

    http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2009/09/new-study-finds-45000-deaths-annually-linked-to-lack-of-health-coverage/

  5. William Monti
    11 months ago

    Face it the teachings of the Church are NEVER explained from the Pulpit, those in the Pews are just too dumb to comprehend. Most top to bottom Clergy just recant the Sunday readings, that is sufficient move on - now pass the basket. They NEVER stand up to the adversary.

    The expressions of the Holy Father and Bishops are taken for personal political gain. For example look at the behavior of US "Catholic" leaders with respect to their religious=political beliefs, are there two acceptable Catholic doctrines ? Never hear boo from the majority US Cardinals !

    Hence the social justice acolytes see the Pope their way using him to hang others out to dry for their beliefs. The media falls in line.

  6. tradtrub
    11 months ago

    Marcela in Buenos Aires,

    Liberation Theology has been condemned. God Bless.

  7. Mack Hall
    11 months ago

    The Bishop of Rome is indeed the shepherd of our common heritage. President Bibi gets it; not everyone in our own government (democratically elected by the people) does. Nor does Mr. Limbaugh.

    Papa Francis has said nothing new. Regardless of the wish-fulfillment fantasies of what may perhaps be called the Left and the fears of what might perhaps be called the Right, the Holy Father teaches what all other bishops of Rome have taught for 2,000 years, and which may be found in, among other primary sources, the Nicene Creed, the Apostles' Creed, the Our Father, the Magnificat, the Hail Mary, and the Bible (the entire canon, not the post-16th-century digests passively accepted by many in this country). That these teachings are often ignored by frail and sometimes evil humans does not invalidate them.

  8. Gregory F House
    11 months ago

    I believe Pope Francis is speaking the Gospel as clearly as I have ever heard it spoken. But the danger in his speech is he does not clearly direct his comments to the individual. He walks too closely in his veribiage in implicating governments or in this case, economic systems. Christ clearly places the burden of poor on the individual without any distinction. It does not matter whether you are rich or poor,(remember the widow giving from her want), strong or weak, concern for the conditon or our fellow man is the work of all men. I am confident Pope Francis knows there are no souls to be saved in changing governments or economic systems. Only changing the hearts of men will save a soul. We all know of our Church's history, and some of that history is filled with corruption of her mission on earth. Most often this happened when the Church crossed over the political divide and ruled with power of a Government, and not the power of the Truth. But this goes for all of us, and I pray that we all remember, God gave my sisters' and brothers' me, not an economic system, and surely not a government.

  9. Bill Sr.
    11 months ago

    Excuse me for a moment but…
    What is so evident, and we ought to see here, is that when a conservative political analysis on words used by a Catholic prelate to describe the degradation associated with excessive capitalistic consumerism are simply shown to be very similar or even duplicates of those frequently expressed in Marxist socialism propaganda designed to promote the destruction of any democratic republic like our own many Catholics, including clergy, are quick to scream foul and turn on the supposed right wing attack on Church authority preaching compassion for the poor and needy who suffer life without all the frills enjoyed by the haves in a prosperous country like America.
    I certainly hope these are not the SAME liberal Catholics who march lock step with secular progressive democrats like Nancy Pelosi, Joe Biden, Kathleen Sebelius, John Kerry, and a host of other politicians who swear allegiance to a platform of abortion, gay marriage, euthanasia¸ free contraceptives for children, and has attempted to remove all reference to God from their charter and would never think of voting for a non-democrat candidate. OTHERWISE, they would be opening themselves to what some would label a Hypocrite.

  10. Trinbagonian
    11 months ago

    DEACON, I agree: "Christian Social thought needs to be rescued from those who may have used it as a kind of proof text to legitimize any political theory or economic system that fails to spring from its' fundamental view of the dignity of the human person, solidarity, authentic human freedom, economic and social justice - properly understood - as well as matters of war and peace. That means those on the left and those on the right."
    Amen!
    May we all sincerely pray for this.
    God bless.


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