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Is Pope Francis a Socialist?
Pope and Social Engineer: Francis I
Pope Francis for or against Socialism?
There are what seem like conflicting statements from Pope Francis There are his controversial views on capitalism show him squarely against basic nub of it: Profit.
By example Francis wrote:
“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.”
Business people must be noble
Yet again, he accepts the role of capitalists as a "vocation". Vocations by their very nature, when not that of a horse thief, bank robber or rapist, have nobility and honor attached to them.
"Business is - in fact - a vocation, and a noble vocation, provided that those engaged in it see themselves challenged by a greater meaning in life" (Evangelii Gaudium, 203). Thus we see the problem/solution posed. The wrongs of the capitalist system the Pontiff freely points out, are to be solved (in his opinion) by business peoples conversion to noble ethics:
The greater meaning of life is to take precedence over profit motive and no other change than that will result in a just economy.
He sees a role for the state in this as well:
"While the income of a minority is increasing exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling. This imbalance results from ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good. (5/16/13)"
The state. "It is the responsibility of the State to safeguard and promote the common good of society. Based on the principles of subsidiarity and solidarity, and fully committed to political dialogue and consensus building, it plays a fundamental role, one which cannot be delegated, in working for the integral development of all. This role, at present, calls for profound social humility. (11/24/13, no. 240)"
Startling Finding: Pope Definately Not a Socialist!
So the verdict seems to be quite clear:
For this Pope and the Church he heads up, capitalism can be OK if capitalists act in an altruistic way. But it appears that the state guided by Church morality, is to make certain they act unselfishly in the interests of society.
We see therefor a required and cooperative "team" made up of: The state, the Church and its morale teachings, and private enterprise now enforced by the power of the state to follow the moral dictates of the combined Church and state.
Such a system has been called Facism. In fact the Lateran Accords, signed by the Church and Mussolini in 1929 sets up just such a formal relationship.
As David Kertzer put it in his book, "The Pope and Mussolini", Pope Pius XI was horrified by the twisted anti-Semitism that Mussolini would adopt to please Nazi Germany, Hitler.
But the combination of an "enlightened" group dictating to the state and the state dictating to the society - is an often used model since then. We see this pattern with the Pol Pots, Stalinists, Leninist, Nazi and Facist regimes of the 20th Century.
How ironic it seems, that a plan molded by the Church to better mankind - would have such disciples as these! Elitists that feel they know what's best for the masses - so republics or democracies in their opinion are obstacles, not paths, to fulfilling there visions for society.