Ever since Pope Francis took over, the Catholic church has been drifting further and further away from America’s corporate Conservatism. Most of us have known for some time that the Right’s association with religion of any sort is a blatant hijacking job, a cynical exercise in demographics that relies almost entirely on inroads through racism, homophobia, selfishness and Southern sensibilities. But Francis is steadily proving that Biblical principles are utterly inconsistent with the Corporate Right…and for once, the world has to listen. And as usual, Rush Limbaugh thinks someone is a Communist.
Pope Francis has made it very clear from the first day he took office that he was New Pope, leading a new church into a new era. And that was an important decision on the part of a church faced with an ever-diminishing pool of converts, and a population that has long come to associate the Roman collar with child molestation and support of the greediest and most evil enterprises on Earth. Part of that has to do with the deliberate hijacking of religion in the 1980s, but the gilded papacy itself has been nothing if not complicit in the act.
But Francis has proven just the man to change that image. Francis, amid speeches on charity and helping the masses, finally codified his beliefs when he released the 224-page Evangelii Gadium — “Joy of the Gospel.” The Evangelii pulled not a single punch when it came to addressing what Francis sees as the greatest evil in the world today: Inequality of wealth, and the greed that creates it.
Certainly, Francis isn’t the first pope to attack one of the seven deadly sins, but this one took a very particular form in the guise of capitalism unleashed, given its head and allowed to “enslave” mankind. The Evangelii is literally 224 pages of quotable quotes, but these probably sum it up best:
[box type=”shadow”]”I am interested only in helping those who are in thrall to an individualistic, indifferent and self-centered mentality to be freed from those unworthy chains and to attain a way of living and thinking which is more humane, noble and fruitful, and which will bring dignity to their presence on this earth.
As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world’s problems or, for that matter, to any problems.”[/box]
Even many of the section headings in the Pope’s manifesto tell a tale worth reading:
- “No to an economy of exclusion”
- “No to the idolatry of money”
- “No to a financial system which rules rather than serves”
- “No to the inequality of wealth which spawns violence”
- “No to spiritual worldliness”
- “No to selfishness and spiritual sloth”
Now, that’s a powerful message. How could anybody possibly disagree with that?
Wait…what’s that you say about “spiritual sloth?” Speak of the Devil…
Rush Limbaugh and his fellow corporate cronies wasted no time in denouncing the Pope’s attack on “the new tyranny” of corporate control and economic domination. Pamela Geller, Islamaphobe and bigot supreme, reacted badly to the Pope’s call for peaceful understanding with Muslims, wondering aloud “when the Pope became an imam.” She went on to say:
“At a time when Christianity worldwide is under siege by Islamic jihadists, the leader of the Catholic Church claims that the quran teaches non-violence. As Christians across the Muslim world live in abject terror and fear kidnapping, rape and slaughter to the bloodcurdling cries of “Allahu akbar,” the pope gives papal sanction to the savage.”
Oh, no! Christians are being PERSECUTED? Everybody knows how much Christians hate that. Savages.
Rush Limbaugh was evidently feeling a bit persecuted himself, saying of the Pope’s new doctrine:
“This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope.”
Yes, indeed: Forgoing the idolatry of money, per the Bible, is “pure Marxism.” Even while praising Francis for his fight against poverty, Rush rejects Francis’ outlook because:
“The Vatican wouldn’t exist without capitalism…I’ve been to the Vatican. It wouldn’t exist without TONS of money.”
In preparation for the inevitable Alex Jones Lizard Man argument, Limbaugh concluded that somebody “got to” the Pope, or that “somebody wrote this for him.”
And we do kind of agree with him. Not that somebody “wrote it for him,” but perhaps in that he might have plagiarized a bit of it.
From the Bible.
LUKE 22-25: A rich man asks Jesus what he must do to enter Heaven.
22 — When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “One thing you still lack. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
23 — But when he heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.
24 — Jesus, seeing that he had become sad, said, “How difficult it is for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!
25 — For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”