I like Pope Francis. I still have hopes that he can do some good.
But I’ve got to get off the bandwagon after the pope called on the world’s governments to redistribute wealth in a “worldwide ethical mobilization.”
Francis was addressing U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the leaders of numerous U.N. agencies who had come to Rome on Friday. You might hope that the news about his address is based, once again, on mistranslations and wishful thinking by a leftist press, because what he is reported to have said is troubling indeed.
He talked about the “economy of exclusion” that he sees fueling poverty, and he said that governments should help through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”
Then, according to the Associated Press, “Francis urged the U.N. to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment and ensure dignified labor for all.”
You always hope that people who rise to positions of worldwide leadership would be sensible and well-educated in history, economics and all that, but it so seldom happens. While he has his good points, Francis turns out to be another ivory tower type enamored of Marxism.
The world has seen enough examples of Marxism in various incarnations, from socialism lite to full-blown Soviet-style communism, to know what the result of that philosophy always is: soaring poverty, loss of freedom, destruction of intellectual capital and crushing of the human spirit.
Francis can’t even hide behind the Bible and claim that his views are based in biblical admonitions to help the poor and be charitable.
What he’s telling the world’s governments to do is to steal the wealth acquired by their citizens and use it to fund programs whose primary results, we know again from years of experiments, will lead to increased dependency and decreased human well-being.
Perhaps Francis has something else in mind, but those “development goals” that he fancies will attack poverty and hunger are nothing of the sort. In the hands of the U.N., global “development” is a plan for a one-world government with food rationing, population control and rat-infested public housing while thousands of square miles of usable wilderness sits idle.
The U.N. officials were in town to hold hearings condemning the church sex scandals as child torture, which is just the U.N.’s way of asserting control over the Vatican. They were also there to pressure the Vatican to give up its opposition to abortion, one of the policies Francis has gotten right so far.
Abortion, of course, is central to the U.N.’s population control plans, and the Catholic opposition is an ongoing monkey wrench, one which we Christians should be glad of in this day when so many churches have completely knuckled under the weight of secularism.
But you have to wonder how the Catholic Church will fare under the guidance of a pope who thinks Marxism just needs another chance. (Really, it’ll work this time. …)
Karl Marx was clear that his philosophy rested on the idea that religion is the “opiate of the masses.” That doesn’t square with “you shall have no gods before me.”
“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” Except in this case, the last word of Matthew 6:24 should be changed to “Marx.”