Something else to be thankful for

Pope Francis – yesterday:

The pope also denounced “trickle-down” theories of economics promoted by many conservatives and politicians who espouse an unregulated free market.

“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,” he said. “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 economic system.”

Perhaps the professional Christians in our Congress – and especially in State legislatures – should give a listen. Possible? I’m not placing bets on that, but if Francis keeps it up I could become – whilst still unbelieving – a practicing Catholic again.

20 responses to “Something else to be thankful for

  1. What the Pope said, fell on deaf ears of the idle rich…


    • Yeah, but I think lots of other people heard it Don. It’s not the rich who will make changes – it has to be demanded. I haven’t a lot of hope, but still . . . a Pope has a very powerful voice.


  2. PopE Francis continues to challenge the status quo!

    Happy Thanksgiving Moe, … and a some music for the day.


  3. He’s certainly a big improvement on Benny the Rat (though, to be fair, so would anyone with the vaguest hint of morality). I would go further to say that he is thus far a big improvement on JPII. If he decides to break the chain of pedophile apology, then I could certainly become a less vociferous apostate.


    • We’ve had very very conservative popes for 30+ years. The last Pope who talked like Francis was John Paul I – he lasted 33 days and was ‘found dead’ in his bed.


  4. Now I know the Catholic Church is in trouble. When you seek and get the praise of those who dislike you, you are a fool.


  5. There have been soooo many waiting for “their” Pope to come…maybe Franky is it?


  6. I read somewhere that he was the runner up when Benedict was elected. Wow! If only…..

    I also read somewhere that younger conservative Catholics are as appalled as us liberals are pleased. A new schism in store?


    • More a matter of demographics I think Pat. The only places in the world where the Church is growing are in the Southern Hemisphere – in Africa and Latin America. It’s stagnant in Europe and just beginning to slow in the US. So leadership is moving away from the old hidebound Europeans.Kind of the same story as the older white males who deny the demographic shift in our population. The future does’t look like them and they’re terrified.


  7. Imagine, a true Christian is pope. Imagine.


  8. What I meant is that most of the people who like traditional religious organizations are capitalists. Most who dislike religions are left wing socialists. Atheists tend to be socialists. The new Pope seems to be
    courting favor with ideologues who will never like his Church anyway.


    • Alan, that’s the most sweeping (and nonsensical) generalization I’ve ever seen you put forth. I also think you confuse the modern political left with the Communist revolutionaries of 1917 Russia.


  9. @Alan

    I get the feeling if Jesus really is who people say he is then it doesn’t look good for most traditional religious people. Im thinking they might end up having lots of very warm Christmas’s throughout eternity. 😉


  10. Traditional Christians do have a hard lot, don’t they? Atheism is so much easier. In the next life, as an Australian might say, “no worries”. 🙂


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