According to Paul Ryan, Pope Francis’s views are right in line with the GOP’s; he’s in favor of the free market and he’s steadfastly opposed to the “welfare state.”
During an interview on ABC this Sunday, Ryan, who is infamously Catholic, was asked by host George Stephanopolous if he’d been “a little too flip” in his past criticisms of the Pope.
“No, not at all,” Ryan insisted. “They have crony capitalism in Argentina, where you have exploitation. That is not the free market, that’s crony capitalism. We’re starting to see some crony capitalism here in America.”
“And if you look at his comments very closely, he always talks about the welfare mentality,” Ryan added. “He always talks about the welfare mentality and how we have to avoid creating a welfare state. Bring the poor in and create upward mobility and free enterprise that gives opportunity to everybody, no matter who they are and where they are in life in America. That’s what we’re for.”
“You don’t think he’d endorse your budget, do you?” Stephanopoulos asked sardonically.
“Of course not, he’s a pope!” Ryan replied. “Popes don’t endorse budgets. Popes say let’s have a conversation about how to fix the broken status quo, how to bring the poor in, how to not have a welfare state, and how to produce upward mobility. Popes don’t endorse actual legislative changes or budgets like that.”
About a year ago, Ryan made headlines when he criticized the Pope’s attacks against unbridled capitalism, saying that the Pontiff doesn’t really understand how capitalism works since “they haven’t had real capitalism in Argentina.
Watch the ABC segment in the video below, via The Raw Story: