In an unprecedented move that definitely blurred the line once again between church and state, Pope Francis, on Friday, called for governments around the world to redistribute wealth to the poor and to embark on a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that has taken hold today.
Francis made the appeal during a speech to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major UN agencies, meeting in Rome this week. As Latin America’s first Pope, Francis is well-known for his frequent outspokenness on the injustices of capitalism and a global economic system that inevitably excludes the poor.
Inequality is the root of social evil.
— Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 28, 2014
On Friday, he urged the UN to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, to protect the environment and to ensure “dignified” labor for all.
The absolute gall of this guy, huh?
For this he has been labeled a Marxist and a socialist, but Francis denied both labels pointing out that he spent years battling Marxist on excesses of liberation theology in Argentina.
Outlandishly, the Pope has said from the outset that he wants a church that “is poor and for the poor” and one that ministers to the most marginal groups of society.
“Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustices and resisting the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted,” he said.
Critics of Pope Francis says he’s opened up a can of worms by appearing to sanction what is being called “forced redistribution”.
Claims that he has exceeded his authority by making his pronouncement in front of UN officials, of all people, and that he exposed the Catholic Church, one of the wealthiest institutions in the world, to inevitable charges of hypocrisy.
For instance will Francis be able to back up his position if, let’s say the Catholic Church and its affiliated non-profit organizations were asked to voluntarily begin paying income and real estate taxes in the United States, from which it has traditionally been exempt? No doubt the additional tax revenues from the Church would be a considerable boost in assisting with causes and programs for the poor.
Guess we’ll have to wait and see how far The Pope’s convictions will take him, but the right sentiment is there, no doubt about that.