Pope Francis Hates Populism, Except When He Loves It

Pope Francis recently told Germany’s leading liberal newspaper Die Zeit that ‘Populism is evil and ends badly, as the past century shows.’ Except he doesn’t think that.

I suspect I wasn’t the only person taken aback when Pope Francis recently stated in an interview with Germany’s leading liberal newspaper Die Zeit that “Populism is evil and ends badly, as the past century shows.”

The pope didn’t specify who he had in mind. Plenty assumed he was obliquely referring to Donald Trump and European politicians like Marine Le Pen. I’m sure, however, that others thought that the pope’s words verged on the kettle calling the pot black. For whether it’s his rhetorical style or the type of political movement to which he appears to lend his support, Pope Francis seems quite sympathetic to some forms of populism.

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  • Alain

    He is unable to grasp the difference between patriotism and populism.

  • Watchman

    Pope Francis seems determined to stay well away from populism, and ensure that his views and policies are supported by few members of the public or even of Catholics.

  • Art Deco

    Waal, we’ll just look forward to Francis’ critique of Peronism, Oh, wait…

  • simus1

    Pope Evita is just being “misquoted” all the time.
    It is such a burden for a folksy bumbler like him who would not say boo to a goose.