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Forum Post: Does the new POPE have an OCCUPY mindset?

Posted 8 years ago on Nov. 28, 2013, 10:41 p.m. EST by therising (6643)
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Today's piece in the Washington Post on statements by the new pope is well worth reading. Here's a sample of what the pope said:

“Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories, which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naive trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting."

"While the earnings of a minority are growing exponentially, so too is the gap separating the majority from the prosperity enjoyed by those happy few. This imbalance is the result of ideologies which defend the absolute autonomy of the marketplace and financial speculation. Consequently, they reject the right of states, charged with vigilance for the common good, to exercise any form of control. A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules..In this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which become the only rule."

Here's the whole article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/eugene-robinson-pope-franciss-pointed-message-on-economic-inequality/2013/11/28/6b9c18a8-57aa-11e3-8304-caf30787c0a9_story.html?wpmk=MK0000205

Be sure to check out the photos and captions showing some of the somewhat radical actions and statements so far by the new pope.

I'm not sure yet what to make of this but it sure is intriguing.



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[-] 1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 8 years ago

Did he change his stance on women and reproductive health?

Nope. He isn't ready to address economic equality or poverty if he cannot contend with that. He is not a liberal. It will be interesting, considering there is a new strain of HIV, how he will respond if at all regarding birth control.

Great PR team though

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago

Yes intriguing, and promising. And possibly the last chance for a peaceful solution.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 8 years ago

violence won't solve the problem of violence

[-] 1 points by Nevada1 (5843) 8 years ago


[-] 0 points by shoozTroll (17632) 8 years ago

I believe it was you who once pointed out that the last one did too.



Pope Francis is just reinforcing and strengthening the position that inequality is NOT a Christian ideal. Helping the least among us is.