Pope Francis has been a very political pope. He is ‘woke,’ as the kids would say.
His papacy has been tinged with more than a hint of liberalism.
The economic policies he advocates sound more like Marx than Hayek.
He has called out the Trump administration on immigration policy.
Francis said in an interview that he would tell Trump, “I would tell him the same, because I say it publicly … I have even said that those who build walls end up being prisoners of the walls they build.”
The pope also said, “I don’t know what happens when this new culture of defending territories by building walls enters. We already know one, from Berlin, that brought us a lot of headaches and a lot of suffering. Separating children from their parents goes against natural law.”
That last comment was clearly a shot at the Trump administration’s child separation enforcement — the same policy that was instituted under the Obama administration. I don’t recall the pope being that upset at President Obama.
Francis fails to mention that East Germany was shooting itsr own citizens to keep them from escaping the horrors of socialism/communism to freedom in West Germany. That is an important detail he omitted from his criticism of Trump.
Francis even went as far as to say that Trump was “not a Christian.”
In 2016, the pope said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.”
The pope is not a fan of capitalism. Despite the success of free markets in reducing global poverty, Francis condemns the economic system. He sounds like Bernie Sanders when he says that the rich should pay their “fair share.”
Here is what the pope said about capitalism in 2013:
“Just as the commandment ‘Thou Shall not Kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.”
That is an absurd statement. The rich man is the one who provides the poor man with a job. If it wasn’t for the wealthy, there would be far more poor people in the world. Instead of condemning capitalism, he should be calling for worldwide prayer to thank God for the wonders of capitalism.
Capitalism has pulled half the world out of extreme poverty in the past 25 years. However, Francis is a committed leftist on economics and can’t overcome his bias against job creators.
He has called it a sin for business managers and owners to lay off workers. He said, “business is obliged to protect peoples’ dignity-and those who lay off employees solely for economic gain commit a serious sin.
“He who shuts factories and closes companies as a result of economic operations and unclear negotiations, depriving men and women from work, commits a very grave sin.”
He has called for every human to have the right to a job, health care, and food. That is right out of the Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez playbook.
Speaking of AOC, Francis is undoubtedly an admirer of her “Green New Deal” to save the planet.
The pope has spoken out for social justice causes. He is an ardent believer in “climate change” and redistribution. He has condemned the death penalty and has been a supporter of open borders.
This pope is far different than one of his predecessors, John Paul ll. Pope John Paul ll lived in Poland under the rule of the Nazis and Soviets. He knew what true evil was. He knew the horrors that were unleashed under socialist governments in Eastern Europe. He spoke up against them and defended traditional Western values. As a result of his actions — and those of Ronald Reagan, Margret Thatcher and others — the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
This pope would be wise to heed the warnings of his predecessors.