I think the Holy Father really needs to spend some more time on telling us why he rejects Socialism (which he has said). His own country is a perfect example of what happens when socialism raises its ugly head. Do not people suffer under Socialism, too? Or is it just the bad rich guy that causes all the misery? The Capitalist might be greedy, but the Socialist is jealous. Both foundations are doomed to failure, and yet Pope Francis’s smackdowns have been largely reserved for the greedy and not the jealous (and slothful, by the way). I think we need a bit more balance in the condemnations, in my humble opinion, so as to not give the impression that the Catholic Church is some Socialist shill. The more one talks about the evils of Capitalism, the more people assume you are a Socialist. T he real estate that you cover is the real estate that you own. It’s time for the Pope to talk about the evils of Socialism and he has some pretty good first-hand knowledge, coming from Argentina.
The Church rightly rejects Capitalism (understood without Christian ideals) and Socialism. But it is NOT ENOUGH even to condemn both. I think it’s time that the Church step up and articulate a more robust vision of the Economy based on the dignity of the human person with two simple principles:
1) The moral necessity of the rich to help the poor.
2) The acknowledgement that talented people have a right to the fruit of their labour without State-sanctioned theft.