Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Does the Pope Get His Crazy Ideas?

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Where Does the Pope Get His Crazy Ideas?

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There's something weird and fundamentally un-American about Pope Francis. For a religious leader surrounded by 2,000 years of religious pomp and circumstance, Pope Francis appears remarkably indifferent to the sensitivities of the rich and the powerful.

Unlike most religious leaders who have jets, bodyguards and millions of discretionary dollars at their disposal, Pope Francis is determined to repudiate Emperor Constantine's holy mandate to make indistinguishable the interests of the Roman Empire and the Christian Church. This obviously puts Pope Francis at odds with church history and ruthless Christian pragmatism.

There's a reason that the most righteous among us refer to his holiness as "The Red Pope." The pontiff's unabashed regard for the poor is nothing less than a subtle form of class warfare against the rich. How are those who work hard to amass the world's resources for personal gain supposed to feel when a so-called holy man exalts the poor at their expense?

And by idealizing the poor, Pope Francis is guilty of violating a great biblical truth that's even mightier than the commandment to love one's neighbor: "God helps those who help themselves."

This sentiment is even printed on our currency: "In God We Trust." Who is this God? A god who loves money, that's who! And who has money? Rich people, so God obviously loves the rich more than the poor. Any other theology is of the devil, who, by the way, is a known socialist.

But Pope Frances can't help his hostility to capitalism. He's from Latin America, a hotbed of anti-capitalist revolution that created such devils as Che and Fidel. Socialism is imprinted on his DNA, so it may require an exorcist to properly deal with it.

"I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development," Pope Francis said, sounding more like French economist Thomas Piketty than St. Peter when he visited the White House. His address to a joint session of Congress the next day was equally problematic when he called for our millionaire representatives to strive to make the economy "fairer" and the country more welcoming to the poor, the dispossessed and those migrating to America. …

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