More Utopian Marxist Crap from the Pope

More Utopian Marxist Crap from the Pope January 14, 2014

On the other hand, we can no longer regard so naively the liberal-capitalistic system (even with all the corrections it has since received) as the salvation of the world. We are no longer in the Kennedy-era, with its Peace Corps optimism; the Third World’s questions about the system may be partial, but they are not groundless. A self-criticism of the Christian confessions with respect to political and economic ethics is the first requirement.

Pope Francis Joseph Ratzinger 1985

First requirement? Clearly, Bergoglio, I mean Ratzinger, is signalling his contempt for both adherents of the Extraordinary Form *and* spitting on the pro-life community. Let us all panic and have hysterics abut Bergoglio’s, I mean Ratzinger’s, obvious heterodoxy and compromise with the world. We’re on our own now and have to defend the Church from the Pope since we are the Greatest Catholics of All Time.

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  • AnsonEddy

    Have you considered getting a cat? I understand they can be very calming.

    • Stu

      Get two of them.

      • Obpoet

        That would be a Kit-Kat, and those are delicious.

        • wlinden

          Give me a break.

    • Marthe Lépine

      Depends on the cat – my last one created more stress than calm…

  • James H, London

    So sad, but so true…


  • etme

    Why do you hate America? Why?

    • chezami

      I just do. I also hate babies, adorable puppies, and long walks on the beach. And pina coladas. And getting caught in the rain.

      • You forgot making love at midnight in the dunes of the cape. You’ve always hated that.

        • chezami

          Actually, that’s pretty fun.

          • IRVCath

            All that sand? Looks kinda dicey…

      • Rebecca Fuentes

        That’s a dark lord’s prerogative, isn’t it?

      • Francisco J Castellanos

        ROTFL! This blog is too funny. I have to stop coming and reading it so frequently. I have work to do and I have a family.

  • Dan C

    The entire essay from which this comes is very direct.

    This is in the midst of the Cold War. Unlike now, in which Professor Reno can comment that there are no other economic systemic choices in reality, the head of the CDF and future pope was noting that the second choice over communism was deeply, perhaps irrevocably flawed.

    That is telling and undoes the work of professional conservative Catholics who have been trying to re-write the CST.

    He is consistent with all the popes since Leo.

    • Francisco J Castellanos

      I remember more than 30 years ago, reading in the newspaper a stirring address that Blessed John Paul The Great had given to the peasants and “Indios” in México during his first visit to Latin America. He said some things that were considered by some people in the region as “Marxist” and that were very direct. He was of course just reiterating the Church’s social teachings. I found the English version of the speech at the Vatican website. I can almost hear his powerful voice saying this:
      “leaders of the peoples, powerful classes which sometimes keep unproductive lands that hide the bread that so many families lack, human conscience, the conscience of peoples, the cry of the destitute, and above all the voice of God, the voice of the Church, repeat to you with me: It is not just, it is not human, it is not Christian to continue with certain situations that are clearly unjust.”

  • Dan C

    Also, note that even in 1985- a time with highly regulated commerce in attempts to “correct” the system as compared to today- Ratzinger notes that it is a flawed system. The word parsing of Francis ( “he said ‘absolutely free markets’ and YOU KNOW there is no such thing with today’s socialists in charge” ) to claim that there is no truly true free markets, so he is complaining about a phantom, is a disingenuous argument when we go to Ratzinger, his predecessor, for an attempt to flesh out the meanings of these criticisms. We see that these criticisms are decades old and consistent.

  • CatholicJames##Scott+~

    I remember now why I once loved this blog. Of course Mark will sooner or later say something about real politics that I will find asinine and ruin it for me but till then. Bliss!