Pope calls for new economic order, criticizes capitalism but gives OK to stick it to those weasel Greeks

Just kiddin about the Greeks.

“Pope Francis on Thursday urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land.

In one of the longest, most passionate and sweeping speeches of his pontificate, the Argentine-born pope also asked forgiveness for the sins committed by the Roman Catholic Church in its treatment of native Americans during what he called the “so-called conquest of America.”

Quoting a fourth century bishop, he called the unfettered pursuit of money “the dung of the devil,” and said poor countries should not be reduced to being providers of raw material and cheap labor for developed countries.”

  • Exile1981

    He’s the anti-pope, I declare that henceforth as a catholic I will not listen to the anti-pope and will instead listen to the actual alternative pope.

    His excellence even posts on BCF on occasion, though after lunch he makes less sense as he’s not sober anymore.

    • He’s a wild one this Pope.

      • Exile1981

        Are you talking about Francis the anit-pope or the true pope?

      • Clausewitz

        Really, is anyone listening to this blithering idiot anymore. Someone should ask him what it’s like to be the last South American Pope ever.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Queue in Tom Lehrer again.


  • Do companies rely on slave labour? Most often, they do.

    Do other countries allow it? Yes.

    If, for example, you trade with China and fail to criticise it for its human rights abuses, you aren’t doing a very good job standing up for the little guy.

    The four sins crying out to Heaven for vengeance are willful murder, sodomy, oppression of the poor and denying a labourer of his just wages. How many countries allow willful murder? How many governments force Christian bakeries to cater to professional gay fascists lest they lose their right to just wages and become the poor and down-trodden? How many oppressed North Korean slave labourers are denied just wages? Aren’t you forcing future generations into servitude by letting financial waste run amok?

    Methinks it’s time to look at the economics on the ground, not toss out some platitudes.

    • Yes to all of this.

      The Pope is not saying anything that isn’t Biblical, rational, and pragmatic. Could his delivery and speech style use some fine-tuning? Most certainly. But I can’t see anything he’s said that is wrong.

      Take a look at his face when fascist-Commie dictator of Bolivia handed him a hammer and sickle carved from wood with a crucifix in the center.

      • Someone did that to a crucifix?

        Wow. Just… I have no words…

        I don’t think Pope Francis is aware of what is going on the ground. Austerity is not needed if money is handled responsibly.

        • I do think he’s clueless on this stuff, which is all the more reason he shouldn’t be talking about any of it. The Left is having a field day and that is not good for Catholics who are actually faithful to the Church.

  • Before you all go into histrionics, please tell me what he said that actually ISN’T TRUE.

    • Oracle9

      Well for one thing, getting rid of the Mayan human sacrifices wasn’t such a travesty. Get this: Western civilization is NOT the source of all the evil in the world.

      This anti-pope should get into Argentinian politics or something equally Soviet-style – he’d be much better suited to that profession.

    • Clausewitz

      He seems to much prefer Marxism to Capitalism so that stains his holy hands with the blood of about a 100 million.

  • Oracle9

    This Marxist is on such a roll that he smilingly accepts a hammer and sickle crucifix. The hammer and sickle represents one of the most brutal atheistic regimes in history. Disgusting subversion of the Church.


    • That’s a total lie. He did NOT smile. Even the secular, Left-wing news media noted his “perplexed” look. Some described it as “bemused”. Some said he barely maintained his politeness. But he did NOT smile as you described.

      • Oracle9

        Deflection. The hammer and sickle is in complete conformity with his ideology. He’s a marxist politician who has infiltrated the Vatican. Best that instead of his own Obama-like “apology tour” railing against the Church, he might want to stick to Catholic philosophy, which is not at all in alignment with his constant speeches extolling communism.

        Instead of ragging on with the implication that Western civilization is the main source of evil in the world, that lily-white collectivist states don’t consume resources and would never be corrupt, he might want to put in a word against the ethnic cleansing of the Christians all across the region in which it had its roots. Instead of dragging our civilization through the mud, a few statements on compassion for the several million Christian refugees might help the world focus on what it should be focusing.

        • I hope somehow you can find peace and a way to manage your anger against a world that is clearly disappointing you to the point of rage.

          • Oracle9

            Thank you for the thought. May we have gratitude for what we have and the wisdom to recognize and defend against that which threatens it.

  • Brett_McS

    Large scale business in South America is corporatist, not capitalist. It’s not surprising that anyone from there would have a skewed impression of the capitalist world. He should listen more to Cardinal Pell.

  • Ed

    Next time we see white smoke rising, here’s hoping the Cardinals are a bit more careful…

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  • Hard Little Machine

    He’s worried that in South America, protestant churches are kicking the Vatican’s ass.