Pope Not a Marxist

Pope Not a Marxist

Pope says he is not a Marxist, but defends criticism of capitalism | World news | The Guardian

Pope Francis has rejected accusations from rightwing Americans that his teaching is Marxist, defending his criticisms of the capitalist system and urging more attention be given to the poor in a wide-ranging interview.In remarks to the Italian daily La Stampa, the Argentinian pontiff said the views he had espoused in his first apostolic exhortation last month – which the rightwing US radio host Rush Limbaugh attacked as \”dramatically, embarrassingly, puzzlingly wrong\” – were simply those of the church\’s social doctrine. Limbaugh described the pope\’s economics as \”pure Marxism\”.\”The ideology of Marxism is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don\’t feel offended,\” Francis was quoted as saying. Defending his criticism of the \”trickle-down\” theory of economics, he added: \”There was the promise that once the glass had become full it would overflow and the poor would benefit. But what happens is that when it\’s full to the brim, the glass magically grows, and thus nothing ever comes out for the poor … I repeat: I did not talk as a specialist but according to the social doctrine of the church. And this does not mean being a Marxist.\”

via Pope says he is not a Marxist, but defends criticism of capitalism | World news | The Guardian.

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