The Pope called on the United Nations to mobilize governments to help the poor through the redistribution of wealth. This suggests a conundrum: Catholic conservatives are the most likely to believe in papal authority, and yet what happens when the papal authority teaches against conservative principles, such as the virtues of the free market?
I’d like to hear from Roman Catholic conservatives: Are you changing your economic or political beliefs in line with the teachings of Pope Francis? Or are you able to distinguish his religious and moral authority from his weighing in on worldly matters for which he may not have either expertise or authority? [Read more…]