Well this is interesting. CNN (!) has a piece that asks the question of whether Pope Francis is too soft on Communism.
But for the most part, the Pope has steered clear of overt political statements — much more so than his predecessors, says veteran Vatican-watcher John Thavis. And some conservatives are accusing Francis of going soft on communism.
During his trip to Cuba in 1998, St. John Paul II called for “great change” and urged greater respect for religious and other human rights, Thavis said. Pope Benedict XVI echoed that call in 2012.
Aboard the papal airplane on the way to Cuba, Benedict said, “It is obvious that the Marxist ideology as it was conceived no longer corresponds to reality: it is no longer possible to respond to or to build up a society in this way. New models must be found, patiently and constructively.”
Despite his frequent critiques of capitalism, Pope Francis says he is no Marxist. “Marxist ideology is wrong,” he told an Italian newspaper in 2013.
Thavis notes that the Pope could be critiquing communism behind the scenes in Cuba, in his meetings with Raul Castro.
But it will be interesting to watch, in his remaining hours in Cuba, whether Francis — who is rarely shy about sharing his political opinions — will say anything to the Cuban people about the system they’ve endured since 1959.
Go here to read the rest. It isn’t so much that Pope Francis is soft on Communism, but rather that he acts as if it has not existed. In his constant savaging of markets and his constant calls for government intervention, Pope Francis acts as if Communism did not have almost a century of failure with a system where markets were destroyed by the State and the State sought to replace markets with command economies. The mass poverty produced by such systems, along with their loss of all freedom, seems to have left no impact on the mind of the Pope. Instead, he is supportive of regimes that mouth leftist platitudes and replace free markets with the worst features of command economies and crony capitalism. With the Pope, it sometimes feel as if we have entered a time warp and the year is 1925 with Marxism the wave of the future.