Though a non-Catholic, I have to take my hat off to this guy. He's actuall
y daring to advocate for Jesus is alleged to have preached -- though we hav
e little direct evidence aside from the 4 Gospels. They were written at di
fferent times, long after the demise of their subject, and differ interesti
ngly in text and spirit. (I do a LOT of research into comparative religion
Libertarians are advised not to visit this Web site; it might be hazardous
to your hard-core convictions.
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? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when
food is thrown away while people are starving?
SM: The media is mostly liberal. Why is the liberal media doing that?
This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of
competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed
upon the powerless.
SM: You should visit the USA, then. Here, the top earners pay amazing
taxes, and the government gives amazing ammounts of tax payer dollars to
those who don't work.
As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and
marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of
SM: And, that, after five years of Obama. Don't you think we've suffered
But importantly, he follows up with a specific invocation of the need
for state action rather than simple trust in the beneficence of the
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down
theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market,
will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and
inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed
by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those
wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing
SM: And, after five years of Obama dictates and executive orders, is it
worse or better? I'd have to guess that if you and I researched it, we'd
find more poor class prosperity under Reagan, than under Obama.
And, again, not a call for charity or goodwill toward the poor but
specifically for economic regulation and democratic supervision of the
SM: Democratic supervision? Isn't that an oxymoron?
While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too
is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those
happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the
absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation.
SM: I guess you should visit the US. We've got over regulation on top of
over regulation. And that's the Obama way. The upper class gets more
wealthy, as the poor class looks for another part time job.
Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance
for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is
thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and
relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules.
And on externalities:
In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in
the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment,
is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become
the only rule.
Again, a call for political change:
A financial reform open to such ethical considerations would
require a vigorous change of approach on the part of political leaders.
I urge them to face this challenge with determination and an eye to the
future, while not ignoring, of course, the specifics of each case. Money
must serve, not rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but
he is obliged in the name of Christ to remind all that the rich must
help, respect and promote the poor.
SM: And the best way to help the poor is with a hand up, not a hand out.
Teach a man to fish. Reduce taxes and regulation, and give tax breaks
and deductions to those who teach job skills to the poor.
I've heard a number of conservative Catholic commentators remark
numerous times that it's silly for left-wing people to be highlighting
Pope Francis' thoughts on economic policy because all this stuff has
been Catholic doctrine for a long time. I think this misses the point.
Obviously a new pope isn't going to make up a new religious doctrine
from scratch. But when you have a corpus of thinking and tradition that
spans centuries, it makes a great deal of difference what you emphasize.
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 10:54:52 AM UTC-8, Higgs Boson wrote:
ave little direct evidence aside from the 4 Gospels. They were written at
different times, long after the demise of their subject, and differ interes
tingly in text and spirit. (I do a LOT of research into comparative religi
"Do not unto others that which is hateful to you."
Sounds like a plan!
On Sat, 7 Dec 2013 10:54:52 -0800 (PST), Higgs Boson
He past me in Rio de Janeiro, with very little protection,
other than the crowds. Not like the other popes, who went around with
bodyguards every meter or so of the way.
I'm also not a catholic, but he made some good speeches. His
praise of Lula and Dilma was censored by the local media, who are only
catholic when that means pro-torture.
He was a pleasant surprise.
PS Did you fix the toilet ?
Don't be evil - Google 2004
We have a new policy - Google 2012
On Saturday, December 7, 2013 4:18:42 PM UTC-8, Shadow wrote:
have little direct evidence aside from the 4 Gospels. They were written at
different times, long after the demise of their subject, and differ intere
stingly in text and spirit. (I do a LOT of research into comparative relig
And you remember why, Shadow. The last Pope who tried to reform that nest
of vipers called the Vatican was the sainted John Paul I. He was murdered
after 34 days in office by the Establishment, which saw their perks threate
ned by the promise of reform.
I wonder if things have changed that much -- that Francis is safe exposing
himself that way.
That's awful! I read enough Portuguese to understand, so could you post a
When I read some of his speeches I figured that the guy is headed for
Sudden Pope Death Syndrome. I just can't understand how, after packing
the Cardinals with conservatives for decades, they voted this guy in.
He is refreshing though and I seriously wonder how long he'll survive.
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