Throughout history, poverty is the normal condition of man. Advances which permit this norm to be exceeded – here and there, now and then – are the work of an extremely small minority, frequently despised, often condemned, and almost always opposed by all right-thinking people. Whenever this tiny minority is kept from creating, or (as sometimes happens) is driven out of a society, the people then slip back into abject poverty. This is known as “bad luck.”
Well, the Pope has given another interview, this time to the Roman paper Il Messaggero :
“I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag,” said the Pope, who returned to the public eye today with Mass for the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul after lying low with an apparent cold. “The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel.”
He said this citing Biblical passages about the need to help the poor, the sick and the needy.
“Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, 20 centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: ‘but then you are Christian,’” he said, laughing.
Go here to read the rest. The early Church in Jerusalem adopted a voluntary communal lifestyle that was soon abandoned outside of monastic institutions. Communism of course has been remarkable for fostering poverty and tyranny, and helping the poor generally has come about only after the fall of Communist regimes. Go here to read about Communist poverty in Cuba. That anyone outside of an insane asylum believes that Communism has been useful in fighting poverty, and that is not what the Pope is saying, is a disturbing reflection of the desire of many intellectuals to believe that Communism can work if it is only done correctly this time.