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Pope Francis Is Clueless On Economics

And much else.

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Pope Francis regularly speaks on issues he is completely clueless about. In this case, the free market. This old socialist politician who now holds the Throne of St. Peter is an embarrassment to Roman Catholics, and this writer is one, and to anyone else who has read any modern history.

They know, as opposed to this chuffed up cleric, that the free market has been the prime vehicle out of poverty for billions of people. It has also put more than a bit of coin in church coffers. Hypocrisy anyone? Father Robert Sirico decries the pope’s ignorance.

Sirico: How do we feed the hungry? It’s a question Pope Francis brought to the forefront on World Food Day in a series of tweets. “The fight against hunger demands we overcome the cold logic of the market,” the pope tweeted, “which is greedily focused on mere economic profit and the reduction of food to a commodity, and strengthening the logic of solidarity.”

But without a market, how do we feed anyone Yes, the Christian community must call for human nourishment. But the pope’s anti-market message leaves many wondering how food to nourish the hungry will be produced. Pope Francis’s message juxtaposes two contrasting approaches to the scandal of hunger: one expresses such solidarity and another builds businesses that attempt to meet the needs of hungry people.

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In Matthew 21:28-32, Jesus poses a dilemma to the religious leaders of his day. It is the story of a father who sends two sons into his vineyard to work. The first declines the command, but changes his mind and goes out to the vineyard. The second promptly replies that he will work, but never does.

Jesus asks: Which son did the will of the father? Of course, it is the first son—the one who accomplished what his father commanded. The underlying effect of the text is to marginalize the religious leaders of his day who professed to be accomplishing the word of God, but who never did the work. Jesus’s indictment is clear: To his mind, it was the very marginalized ones—”the tax collectors and the prostitutes (might we include capitalists here?)”—who are entering the kingdom of God ahead of the pious do-gooders professing God’s mission.

All this came flooding into my mind as I read the pope’s words decrying the very market system that feeds more hungry people today than ever before in the history of the world. The pope speaks of the “cold logic of the market” which he associates with a greedy focus on “mere economic profit” and the reduction of “food to a commodity.”…

As a priest, I am bewildered when my colleagues (even the pope), out of great moral intention no doubt, nonetheless insist on making an enemy of the very institution that has and can continue to be the most effective tool to fight hunger and poverty—the free market.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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rtrickerson
rtrickerson
1 month ago

“We take money from the masses,” Dope Francis says. “We hide it all behind the Vatican walls. Remember, walls don’t work for thee, but they work for me.”

babalou
babalou
1 month ago

commie quota Dope. Hey, we have never had a new world Pope. Let’s get this SA commie. Ugh. Miss the Pope JPII and Benedict tenures.

SuzanneL
SuzanneL
1 month ago

No no no. He is not “clueless”. He is malicious. He has advisors. In his position, of course he does. He knows exactly what he’s saying and doing. Never ever credit stupidity when malice explains it just as well or better. You can especually tell malice from stupidity because malice is predictable.

NavVet
NavVet
1 month ago

The Pope and the Vatican has failed their people. More crooked than the mafia ever was

Adonis73
Adonis73 (@adonis73)
1 month ago

To be fair, he is clueless on everything, including religion. Did you know that one of his best friends is an atheist? That alone tells us all we need to know.

Greenman21
Greenman21
1 month ago

Pope Francis is doubtless sincere in his beliefs and misunderstandings . I hope we can remain forgiving in our own.

Michael Walton
Michael Walton
1 month ago

He’s also clueless on Catholicism.

Paul S Smith
Paul S Smith
1 month ago

frankie is also clueless on Catholic doctrine and morals. What a putz.

Thomas Terry
Thomas Terry
1 month ago

He seems also to be ill informed on immigration, LGBT issues and Catholicism. His decision to do away with the Tridentine mass is indefensible and counterproductive. His apparent embrace of the LGBT community in light of the pedophile priest scandals is just stupid.

Pogo 1000
Pogo 1000
1 month ago

Your point is well taken, but caution is needed to hold back complete worship of “the marketplace” thinking called “Capitalism” Why? Just look at all the capitalist billionaire owners of hi tech and other corporations that have join with the socialists to take away our freedoms. Start with the masters of the digital world. The truth is it wasn’t their socialism that brought them to their present evil use of their power. Sheer Capitalism without God as the modifier is not necessarily a good thing.