Being Catholic, I was as mystified as anyone over the openly socialist new Pope, Francis. Slamming capitalism every day and praising socialism, I wondered two things…. Why is a Pope commenting on political and economic systems at all. His job is saving souls.
- Why is a Pope commenting on political and economic systems at all? His job is saving souls.
- What the hell is wrong with this guy? If ever there was a capitalist enterprise, it is the Catholic Church, perhaps the richest entity on the planet.
Then, alas, an epiphany! Suddenly, just a few days after meeting President Donald Trump, one of the world’s most successful capitalists, Pope Frank is all about the many benefits of entrepreneurship, business, capitalism.
Speaking to workers and business people in Italy’s port city of Genoa Saturday, Pope Francis surprised his hearers by praising entrepreneurship and touting the importance of healthy businesses for the economy, reports Breitbart.
“There can’t be a good economy without good businessmen, without their capacity to create and to produce,” he said, shattering his reputation as an enemy of the free market economy.
The Pope met with “representatives of the world of work,” including businessmen, workers and unemployed persons at the Ilva steel plant in Genoa Saturday, fielding their questions and reflecting with them on a Christian view of the economy.
The Pope recognized that the essential value of work and employment is only possible when companies are sound and successful. Moreover, only an economically healthy society can keep a democracy afloat, he suggested.
“The world of work is a human priority,” Francis said, “and it’s also a priority for the pope. There’s always been a friendship between the church and work, starting with Jesus, who was a worker.”
“When work is weakened, it’s democracy that enters into crisis,” he said. “There’s a social compact.”
Without denouncing unemployment benefits, Francis insisted that state intervention wasn’t a real solution. “A monthly check from the state that allows you to keep the family afloat doesn’t solve the problem. It has to be resolved with work for everyone,” he said.
The Pope said that it is “the many thousands of men and women who strive each day to do an honest day’s work, to bring home their daily bread, to save money and – one step at a time – to build a better life for their families” who “sustain the life of society.”
These men and women “generate solidarity by their actions, and they create organizations which offer a helping hand to those most in need,” he said.
The Pope’s most remarkable words came when speaking about the ability of the free market to lift people out of poverty.
In the fight against poverty, Francis said, it “goes without saying that part of this great effort is the creation and distribution of wealth. The right use of natural resources, the proper application of technology and the harnessing of the spirit of enterprise are essential elements of an economy which seeks to be modern, inclusive and sustainable.”
“Business is a noble vocation,” the Pope continued, “directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the common good.”
Just DAMN! You go, Pope.