PopeWatch: Commie Pope?

Who could ever think that our Pope is a Communist?


Calling Pope Francis a communist is flat out wrong, according to one of his top advisors.

Cardinal Peter Turkson, tapped by the pontiff to head the Vatican’s super-dicastery on integral human develop, said Tuesday that every time he goes to the United States, the pope’s social agenda is misinterpreted as adopting either a socialist or communist approach to the economy.

Speaking to journalists present at a May 14 briefing on the upcoming “Economy of Francesco” event set to take place in Assisi in March 2020, Turkson recalled how after receiving the Charlemagne prize in 2016, Francis was asked what type of economy he preferred.

In response, the pope said he was in favor of “the social economy” – an answer Turkson said was misinterpreted from the beginning, and which continues to be.

A social economy “is not to be confused with the socialist economy,” he said, explaining that “this is a problem we often find in the United States when we go to present the message of the Holy Father. Many accuse him of being socialist or communist.”

Go here to read the rest.  Turkson was the driving force in 2011 behind the Vatican paper:  Towards reforming the international financial and monetary systems in the context of global public authority.

Go here to read all about that exercise in Bomfoggery.  PopeWatch actually agrees with the Cardinal that the Pope is not a Communist.  The Pope is far too chaotic a thinker to embrace an iron maiden ideology like Communism.  Instead he is a Leftist, who hates capitalism and who looks to the State to provide economic well being and with the force to impose common wisdom of  the Leftist chattering classes of the West on a recalcitrant world.  PopeWatch would actually prefer it if the Pope were a Communist, PopeWatch assuming that he would be more amenable to argument, facts and simple reality.  The Pope instead displays a resistance to any and all facts that contradict such prized agendas of his as global warming, mass immigration of Muslims into Europe and his unceasing calls for ever more regulation of the economies of the West.  The Pope hews to his political agenda with a fervor that one wishes he applied to the teachings of the Church he purports to lead.

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  1. One need not be an intellectual with ordered and logical thinking to be a Communist – or to reject it as a twisted and evil tool of human misery.
    For not being a Communist, this Pontiff has praised Communism and accepted that grotesque figure of Chist superimposed on a hammer and scythe.
    His intentions are not misinterpreted. He is wrong. Hardly anything he says is worth listening to.

  2. Francis is so vague that he invites misinterpretation. I suspect that’s by design.

    Random musing for the day: Wouldn’t it be funny if the Pope came out as a Distributist?

  3. “social economy” is actually an academic term and there is a journal devoted to the subject (Review of Social Economy).


    Catholic Social Teaching has it’s puzzles and problems and is at best a work in progress. Of course, Francis exacerbates the problems that were there already. I don’t think clergymen are commonly adepts of the sort of thinking necessary to have some understanding of business or economics (nothing in the material aspect of their everyday life encourages them to be) and in Francis case he’s been steeped in Argentina’s stupid political culture his whole life. He came of age at a time when undomesticated Peronism still commanded the allegiance of millions.

  4. Art:
    I’m not sure it’s Peronism or simply his lack of experience with the world outside Argentina or Latin America. We forget how many of his predecessors were either diplomats or theologians who engaged minds other than those they had been raised with.

  5. I’m not sure it’s Peronism or simply his lack of experience with the world outside Argentina or Latin America.

    One’s experience of Argentina would incorporate triple-digit inflation, omnipresent mercantilism (and it’s corollary, the constant and required resort to influence and connections), rent-seeking, stagnation in income and production levels, omnipresent tax evasion, wretched excesses in public sector borrowing, &c. Argentina is a society run along the lines of Murphy’s Law. Francis hasn’t a clue how to process this experience.

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