Sorry if that offends you. I have never bought into the concept that the Pope is infallible. If you do, you really have to ignore many times in history where the Pope has made tremendous errors (such as sending an army of children to fight against Muslims in the Crusades because he believed their innocence would ensure victory…didn’t work).
In regards to his comments about an exclusion economy, one really has to consider this. First, people are, indeed, resources. No matter how you want to cut it, whatever job you do degrades and breaks your body over time. This cannot be helped. If we took a “no harm” approach to the workforce, we would have nothing. His stance against capitalism completely ignores the fact that capitalism has enabled the highest level of standard of living ever. We feed more people than ever. We cure illnesses that wiped out entire civilizations. And none of this would have been possible without capitalism. The rich should help the poor, but this is an individual responsibility. It should not be forced. Jesus preached charity. He did not preach taking by the point of the sword to redistribute. There is a huge difference between these two things. Saying that someone must help the poor to be a moral person is different than saying that we must steal from the rich so that we can be moral by forcing the rich to “share” what they have.
In regards to his talk of the idolatry of money and the bondage of interest payments upon states that want to help their populace…neither a borrower nor lender be. These countries opted to go begging to other countries to lend them money to afford all of these programs. Now they have to pay the cost. No one made them borrow money. I’m all for the community pitching in to help someone, but it should only be that to which the community afford. In a small town, it may be leveling a field and keeping it mowed to be used for little league games. In a big city, it may be building an actual stadium for such use. However, the small town should not build a multi-million dollar stadium and then complain that they have so much debt. They were fiscally irresponsible. They were poor stewards, and they have saddled their citizens with interest payments. They are the ones to blame, not those who lent them the money to start with.
Finally, I want to talk about “inequality spawns violence.” So shall we also blame a girl for spawning rape for being too pretty? Those who allow inequality to breed violence are guilty of breaking the 10th Commandment (I never thought I would have to educate the Pope about the Commandments…). They are also guilty of Envy and Greed and Anger. This is a weakness in THEIR souls, not the souls of those who possess such wealth. Also, I could not imagine that Jesus would want us to buy everyone a new SUV. Food and shelter? Sure. A new cell phone? No.
We are on the hook for ensuring that people have the BASIC necessities to LIVE. No more, no less. If you want more, work harder. Even Jesus said, “He who does not work, shall not eat.” That’s pretty hardcore. And, as a parting shot, the Catholic church is pretty rich. Perhaps Pope Francis should practice what he preaches. Sell off all church assets (other than religious relics, naturally), and live as ancient monks used to do. Give all the church’s assets to the poor. The best way to lead is by example.
Long Live the Constitution and Long Live Capitalism.