PopeWatch: Malice and Foolishness

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The Pope apparently hates both walls and capitalism:

 

Pope Francis decried President Donald Trump’s proposed border wall, saying it would make the U.S. a prisoner and that rejecting migrants was unjust.

Francis disparaged the Trump administration’s stance on immigration in an interview with Spanish journalist Jordi Evole from La Sexta on Friday before leaving for his trip to Morocco. The pontiff criticized not only the U.S., but also other countries that have put up physical barriers to illegal migrants, like Spain.

“He who raises a wall ends up a prisoner of the wall he erected,” Francis said, according to Crux Now. “That’s a universal law in the social order and in the personal one. If you raise a wall between people, you end up a prisoner of that wall that you raised.”

“Yes, I defend my autonomy, yes. But you’re left alone like a mushroom,” he added.

Francis also decried the fences that Spanish authorities put up, which have spikes atop them to deter migrants, as “shameful.” He argued that war, famine and poverty motivate migrants to leave their countries, and that Catholic faithful should be “coherent” in living according to the Gospel by welcoming migrants.

“Why do [migrants] come? [Because] they live in despair and are united in a great illusion … they don’t measure the consequences, and we don’t measure the pain those people have,” Francis said.

Francis laid the blame for poverty and war at the feet of capitalism, saying it provokes the situations that cause migrants to flee their home countries. He said nothing, however, concerning the destructive influence of socialism that has created social, political and economic crises in South American countries like Venezuela.

Go here to read the rest.  A good question for Catholics to ponder is whether it is better to have a Pope who is foolish or who is malicious.  However, having a Pope who is malicious and foolish is the worst of both.

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26 Comments

  1. “Francis laid the blame for poverty and war at the feet of capitalism, saying it provokes the situations that cause migrants to flee their home countries.”

    Yes, so true. What Capitalism provokes is freedom, success, riches, plenty, etc for most. This is what the Pope despises. Much better that the United States be poor and desperate so folks wouldn’t want to come here. Pope loco. Pope malicious.

  2. If capitalism is so bad — Then why are people fleeing from socialism towards capitalism?

    Greed and envy are bad, if capitalism were unbridled it would be bad. Anything unbridled is bad. This country is the most generous on earth accepting over one million immigrants a year.
    No paps loco, it’s time to end unbridled borders, end illegal immigration.

  3. Typical Peronist babble….like most Catholic clergy his ignorance of basic economics is astounding.
    Central and South America are not plagued by war. Their big problem is expecting the government to do it all for them.

  4. Category error.
    “Capitalism” is the term slapped on the huge range of “everything that isn’t communism.” A lot of it will be bad, on the 90% of everything is crud rule of thumb.

  5. Capitalism is not nor can it be evil. It is just an economic system based on the free market. How it is implemented and utilized by some individuals gives it a bad name. Like anything else, it can and is abused by the unscrupulous to the detriment of the poor, however, capitalism it has lifted more people out of poverty globally than any other economic system in the world.

    The following is often used by communist/socialist as a way to show that their system of government follows more closely what the apostles and the community of Christians believed at the beginning of Christianity:

    Acts of the Apostles Chapter 4.
    34.”There was no needy person among them, for those who owned property or houses would sell them, bring the proceeds of the sale, 35 and put them at the feet of the apostles, and they were distributed to each according to need.”

    What anti-capitalist will not tell you however is that people were not forced to give to the community. They were not forced to sell their property and give the proceeds to the church. It was all done voluntarily and if the concept of the free market had not been available during that time, no one would have had any property to sell and give to the poor.

    The following verses tells us that the whole concept of pooling our monies and resources to share with others was voluntary and not a tax or forced charity. What happened to Ananias was a result of his attempt to deceive the Holy Spirit. The property was his to do with as he wanted.

    Chapter 5: 4. While it remained unsold, did it not remain yours? And when it was sold, was it not still under your control?”

    It is the result of capitalism that the Church is able to pay out millions of dollars in child abuse cases, millions of dollars in various programs of charity and millions of dollars being donated by the faithful to support the Church in Rome, their own dioceses’ and personal parishes. Without capitalism the bureaucracy of the Church falls apart. And where would Peter’s Pence be?

  6. Capitalism, like sex, is only bad when it is abused or perverted. I do wish the Pope would talk more about the Church’s time-honored position on that…particularly among the clergy.

  7. The Pope likes to talk about things he has no control over and no responsibility for. He tends to be fairly mum on issues for which he has both responsibility and the power to do something. This Pope is a master at empty, tangled verbiage and not so much in regard to the traditional duties of a Pope.

  8. This pope despises all that I respect in the Catholic world.
    His socialist, one world, amateur hour secular agenda is embarrassing. He is no friend of Catholic Americans. Bet on it.

  9. It is called self-defense. Quarantine the illegal invaders, for typhus, polio and drug resistant tuberculosis. I am not seeing francis kissing any lepers as St. Francis did or giving Holy Eucharist to plague victims.
    “Yes, the plague exists, and it’s not the only old-time disease still lurking. While the plague is extremely rare today, many express shock that cases still pop up at all. … According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are an average of seven cases of plague each year. The plague is most prevalent in Africa and is also found in Asia and South America. In the U.S., the areas where the plague is more common include northern New Mexico, northern Arizona, southern Colorado, California, southern Oregon and western Nevada.” Wikipedia

  10. “Self defense”

    That. And a country that can’t control its own border isn’t a real country too.

  11. ORDINARYCATHOLIC
    Without capitalism the bureaucracy of the Church falls apart. And where would Peter’s Pence be?
    I have noticed that all efforts to eradicate The Supreme Sovereign Being, starting with the sovereign personhood of man. are from Satan.
    In communism/socialism the sovereignty of man does not exist, not to his conscience nor to his free will and freedom.
    It is very good that you pointed out that man gives to charity voluntarily.
    The principle of separation of church and state which the atheists use to deny man his conscience and his free exercise of religion causes only the church to have any say in the virtue of charity.
    In the matter of the Bladensburg Cross and the Mt Soledad Cross, memorials to fallen soldiers, these heroes remain citizens who own their memorials in public places, in joint and common tenancy with all other citizens. Their citizenship is not ended through their deaths . Either that or no sovereign person can leave a Last Will and Testament .
    That citizenship and unalienable human rights end at death is a tenet of atheism and as such, imposing atheism on the people is a violation of our First Amendment.

  12. “That citizenship and unalienable human rights end at death is a tenet of atheism and as such, imposing atheism on the people is a violation of our First Amendment.”

    Yes MDV, to atheists rights do end in death and do not begin until birth as opposed to conception.

    The big problem we have today Mary is that the left does not view our Constitution as the law of the land and it can be ignored at will. Until conservatives hold their feet to the fire we will continue to lose in the courts more than we win.

  13. Is it the communist that provide money for the Vatican charity?It is clear how deep love pope Francis has for Americans. If capitalist is so bad dont take their dirty money, ask China.

  14. Central and South America are not plagued by war. Their big problem is expecting the government to do it all for them.

    Actually, their big problem is a deficit of public order, well-delineated property rights, enforceable contracts, and human capital.

    There haven’t been any active insurrections in Central America since 1992 and (bar two meagre incidents over in a couple of weeks) there haven’t been any inter-state wars since 1885.

    ‘Capitalism’ is the articulation of functions in productive enterprise between financier, manager, and artificer. No clue why he fancies this generates refugee flows except that he knows nothing but what he gets from talking-point mills.

  15. There is no such things as financial equality on this earth or in this lifetime. There never has been. However, thank God the western world affords us the opportunities to determine our own means and reap the blessings for our own hard work. Even these so-called socialists governments survive on the economic capitalists system whilst imposing a socialistic order on the surface ie. China, Vietnam and as mentioned much of Central America. People want to leave the cruelty and inhumanity of socialism as well as the blatant hypocrisy of the rich corrupt governments which rule them. Yet these hypocrites keep shunning the nations whose economic system keeps them afloat. They envy the freedom of capitalism. If the Pope is happy with a boarderless world bent on suppression then perhaps he would like to open the doors of his lavish Vatican abode and let in the poor, needy and exiled- and clothe them, feed them and finance them. Otherwise isn’t he just another example of the socialist lie and a hypocrite?

  16. Ordinary Catholic wrote, “Without capitalism the bureaucracy of the Church falls apart. And where would Peter’s Pence be?”

    Long before the rise of capitalism, when commerce in the West was at a standstill, money did not circulate and the only source of wealth was land and its produce, an ordinance made by Charlemagne as King of the Franks, in a general assembly of his Estates, spiritual and temporal, in 778-779 ordained: “Concerning tithes, it is ordained that every man give his tithe, and that they be dispensed according to the bishop’s commandment.”

    A Capitular for Saxony in 789 appointed tithes to be paid out of all public property, and that all men, “whether noble, or gentle, or of lower degree,” should “give according to God’s commandment, to the churches and priests, of their substance and labour : as God has given to each Christian, so ought he
    to repay a part to God.”’

    A Capitular of 800 made the payment of tithes universal within the fiscal domain of the whole Frankish kingdom. We are told that in Rome the reading of this Capitular was interrupted by loud and repeated shouts from Pope Leo III and the assembled clergy of “Life and victory to our ever-august Emperor!”

    From this time onwards, therefore, we may say the civil law superseded any merely spiritual admonitions as to the payment of tithes. Their payment was no longer a religious duty alone; it was a legal obligation, enforceable by the laws of the civil head of Christendom.

  17. “Actually, their big problem is a deficit of public order, well-delineated property rights, enforceable contracts, and human capital.
    Absolutely correct. My pastor said that there is enough for everyone. Greed and theft cause starvation. In Venezuela, the price of rice quadrupled when Maduro’s daughter took control. Most US aid never gets to the poor.
    People must share in charity. Redistribution is nothing but extortion.

  18. Deut. 14: 22-29 defines tithing and how tithes are to be spent and enjoyed. The “alien in the community” are aliens who have become part of the community through naturalization and citizenship. “Alien” does not mean illegal invader.
    “From this time onwards, therefore, we may say the civil law superseded any merely spiritual admonitions as to the payment of tithes. Their payment was no longer a religious duty alone; it was a legal obligation, enforceable by the laws of the civil head of Christendom.” By this the state acknowledged the good and civilizing effect of the Catholic Church on civilization. This civil law did not bring the Catholic Church under the authentic authority or control of the state.

  19. Well, one thing we know for sure: Without American capitalism Francis wouldn’t be able to bail out incompetently managed bankrupt Vatican-sponsored hospitals!

  20. Too many members of the clergy in my experience seem to believe in money trees growing in the back yards of greedy laity. Too be fair, I have also encountered clergy who understand how difficult it usually is to earn money and are grateful for the financial support of the laity. However the clergy in the former category too often have higher rank than those in the latter category.

  21. I just wish the Church was as good as the Democrats at keeping the sometimes necessary facilitators, fixers, bundlers and bagmen (Epstein) out of the official structure (McCarrick).

  22. Gee, since Francis hates walls and capitalism so much, how about if he tears down that “wall” of the Vatican bank accounts and let out some of that evil “capital?”

    Until then… meh….

  23. Too many members of the clergy in my experience seem to believe in money trees growing in the back yards of greedy laity.

    Never met a clergyman like that in meatspace. However, the difficulties one has with the social encylicals is that at times they presume modes of economic organization that you simply don’t encounter much of and which it would be a challenge to reconstruct. (Either that or they don’t realize that economic actors are usually price-takers). I doubt Francis is disciplined enough to craft anything like the social encyclicals, troublesome as they are.

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