Posted by: Dr Churchill | December 20, 2013

Rush Limbaugh and Conservative pundits call Pope Francis a Communist — His response is pure gold

You probably have heard Radio Toxic host Rush Limbaugh calling Pope Francis a Marxist Communist because Francis dared to point out the massive and glaring flaws in the conservative economic ideology known as supply side or trickle-down economics.

A laughable accusation considering that what Pope Francis said is exactly what proper economic theory has proven and what current reality empirically has shown us.

Francis was stating the obvious. And speaking from a compassionate place in the heart, as we all have done on occasion.

And he attracts the barbs of the idiots…

Good thing these people have never read the Bible because if they had — they would have trashed it as the Red Book of Lenin or Mao.

Jesus himself was far more moralizing in his talks — but I’ll let that simple fact slide…

But the conservative reaction to Francis’ remarks shouldn’t really be all that surprising.  It just goes to show that when the trickle down economic cult is threatened — their high priests and toxic minions, have no problem attacking the Pope as a communist.

Pope Francis didn’t respond to these attacks levied by several conservative tools and daft heads such as Rush Limbaugh.

Yet while speaking with La Stampa — newspaper of record for the Vatican — Pope Francis when asked about those who’ve accused him of being a Marxist responded clearly in the following dialogue:

La Stampa) Some of the passages in the “Evangelii Gaudium” attracted the criticism of ultraconservatives in the USA. As a Pope, what does it feel like to be called a “Marxist”?

Pope Francis)  The Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.

LS) The most striking part of the Exhortation was where it refers to an economy that “kills”…

PF) There is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church. I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view, what I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on. The only specific quote I used was the one regarding the “trickle-down theories” which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and social inclusiveness in the world. The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor.

But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger – nothing ever comes out for the poor. This was the only reference to a specific theory.

I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine.

This does not mean being a Marxist or a Communist but a person keen on Social Justice.





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