Rush Limbaugh once again demonstrates his stupidity (http://atlantadailyworld.com/2013/12/02/rush-limbaugh-blasts-pope-francis-as-a-marxist/ )
. The Pope isn't preaching Marxism, as Limbaugh charges. Pope Francis is just saying what the Gospels, the Catechism and Catholic Social Teaching have been saying for centuries. Read Mary's Magnificat, especially Luke 1:51-53, the Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12) or the Parable of the Judgement of the Nations (Matt 25:31-46).
Is this the Capitalism Rush loves so much? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2013/11/26/pope-francis-has-a-few-thoughts-about-the-global-economy-we-added-these-13-charts/
Here's the Catholic teaching.
human person... is and ought to be the principal, the subject and the end of
all social institutions" (GS 25 #1 quoted in The Catechism of the Catholic
the Common Good is to be understood "the sum total of social conditions
which allow people, either as groups or as individuals, to reach their
fulfillment more fully and more easily" (GS 26 #1; cf. 74 #1). The common good concerns the life of
It consists of three essential elements.
First, the common good presupposes respect for the person as such. ...
Second the common good requires the
social well being and development
of the group itself. ... Finally, the common good requires peace, that is, the stability and
security of a just order (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1906-1909).
duty of making oneself a neighbor to others and actively serving them becomes
even more urgent when it involves the disadvantaged, in whatever area this may
be. "As you did it to one of the
least of these my brethren, you did it to me" (Mt 25:40 quoted in
Catechism of the Catholic Church #1932).
There also exist
sinful inequalities that affect millions of men and women. These are in open contradiction of the Gospel
(Catechism of the Catholic Church #1938).
principle of solidarity, also articulated in terms of “friendship” or “social
charity” is a direct demand of human and Christian brotherhood. (Catechism of
the Catholic Church #1939).
is manifested in the first place by distribution of goods and remuneration for
work. It also presupposes the effort for
a more just social order where tensions are better able to be reduced and
conflicts more readily settled by negotiation (Catechism of the Catholic Church
problems can be resolved only with the help of all the forms of solidarity:
solidarity of the poor among themselves, between rich and poor, of workers
among themselves, between employers and employees in business, solidarity among
nations and peoples. International
solidarity is a requirement of the moral order; world peace in part depends
upon this (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1941).
dignity of human persons requires the effort to reduce excessive social and
economic inequalities (Catechism of the Catholic Church #1947).
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