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“As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems,” the pope said in the 224-page document that essentially serves as his official platform.
“I am interested only in helping those who are in thrall to an individualistic, indifferent and self-centered mentality to be freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking which is more humane, noble and fruitful, and which will bring dignity to their presence on this earth,” the pope 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,” Pope Francis wrote. “This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”
I like what he says, but Ill watch what he does.
The Vatican has some massive resources they are sitting on, lets seem them sell their land holdings and riches, and give it to the poor.
You know, like what Christ said.
Chronological list of popes murdered
Stephen VI (896–897): Strangled
Stephen VIII/(IX) (939–942): Mutilated
John XII (955–964): Presumed murdered
Benedict VI (973–974): Strangled
John XIV (983–984): Either by starvation, ill-treatment or direct murder
Gregory V (996–999): Poisoned
Chronological list of popes who are alleged to have been murdered
John VIII (872–882): Allegedly poisoned and then clubbed to death
Adrian III (884–885): Allegedly poisoned
Leo V (903): Allegedly strangled
John X (914–928): Allegedly smothered with pillow
Stephen VII/(VIII) (929–931): Allegedly murdered
Sergius IV (1009–1012): Allegedly murdered
Clement II (1046–1047): Allegedly poisoned
Damasus II (1048): Allegedly murdered
John XXI (1276-1277): While visiting the construction of a church, the roof collapsed on him, leading to conspiracy theories
Celestine V (1294, died 1296): Held captive and allegedly murdered after his abdication, by order of his successor, Pope Boniface VIII
Boniface VIII (1294–1303): Death possibly (though unlikely) from the effects of ill-treatment one month before
Benedict XI (1304–1305): Allegedly poisoned; no evidence provided
Pius XI (1922-1939): Allegedly (though unlikely), in connection with his doctor's having been the father of Benito Mussolini's mistress
John Paul I (1978): Death just 33 days after Papal election led to conspiracy theories
I really don't think the Pope should be throwing rocks while he is living inside a glass house.
Vatican banking scandal...
Vatican's refusal on child molestation over the years...
to name just a few scandals...
For a religious person I would have thought he would know the old adage don't judge unless ye be judged yourself.
What countries economy is capitalistic?
What country uses a trickle down theory?
It sure as hell isn't America, not anymore.
Though when it was, it brought more people the world over, out of poverty than any other form of economics.
No amount of top down iron fisted economic planning will do what America accomplished in its first 200 years.
I wouldn't even be typing on this iPhone if it weren't for capitalism.
Capitalism is BOSS!edit on 26-11-2013 by bjax9er because: Edit