Leftist filmmaker Michael Moore is claiming Pope Francis told him that capitalism is a sin.
During a Thursday night appearance on “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” the “Bowling for Columbine” and “Canadian Bacon” director told the tale of a brief meeting with Pope Francis, which occurred a few weeks ago.
Moore was traveling abroad to promote his flop of an anti-Trump movie, “Fahrenheit 11/9.” The filmmaker was photographed shaking the pontiff’s hand and having a brief exchange with him.
“Do you believe that an economic system that benefits the few, the wealthy at the expense of the many is a sin?” Moore recalled asking.
He then claimed Pope Francis said, “Si” — meaning, of course, yes.
The director said he then asked the question again to make sure he was hearing the religious leader’s answer correctly.
“So you believe capitalism, the kind of capitalism we have now, is a sin?”
“Yes, it is,” Moore said he recalled Pope Francis saying. “The poor must always come first.”
Moore also alleged that he was asked by the pope to keep making movies.
He said the pope “grabbed my hand” and said, “Please pray for me.”
The director said he would — and he then asked the pope to do the same.
“No, you have to make more movies,” he claims the pope said in response.
Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” which compares President Donald Trump to Adolf Hitler, has only earned $6.3 million at the box office.
While those are numbers many documentary filmmakers would be excited about to be sure, Moore’s past efforts include earners like “Fahrenheit 9/11” and “Bowling for Columbine.” The former earned over $119 million domestically; the latter brought in over $21 million, respectively.
In recent years, Moore has turned his attention to Trump — and the popularity of Moore’s work has steadily declined.
Besides “Fahrenheit 11/9,” he recently headlined a Trump-focused Broadway show that flopped and he also put out another anti-Trump film called “Michael Moore in Trump Land,” which was barely released in theaters.
Moore had previously tweeted about his meeting with Pope Francis last month.
“Today I met Pope Francis for the first time at the weekly general audience he holds at the Vatican,” the 64-year-old filmmaker wrote.
Today I met Pope Francis for the first time at the weekly general audience he holds at the Vatican. We spoke for a number of minutes. I had a question I wanted to ask him and he gave me his answer. I will write about this tomorrow. For tonight, I remain deeply moved and grateful. pic.twitter.com/rWL9zRBnjj
— Michael Moore (@MMFlint) October 18, 2018
“We spoke for a number of minutes. I had a question I wanted to ask him and he gave me his answer. I will write about this tomorrow,” he added.
“For tonight, I remain deeply moved and grateful.”
Check out the trailer for Michael Moore’s latest film, “Fahrenheit 11/9” below: