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Jan/13

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Same Old, Same Old

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pope-benedict-xviIt’s no great secret that the Vatican has never been particularly fond of the idea of free markets, but here is yet more nonsense from Benedict XVI to remind us of just that.

The BBC reports on the Pope’s New Year address:

The Roman Catholic Church leader spoke at a Mass in the Vatican, then greeted a crowd outside St Peter’s Basilica.

He deplored “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor”.

Those “hotbeds” also grew out of “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism”, as well as “various forms of terrorism and crime”, he said.

I don’t know what is worse. The ignorance (if there’s one thing that the financial markets were not, it was unregulated; whether they were sensibly regulated is a different question), or the clear signs of a visceral loathing for “financial” capitalism and, of course, the Pope’s attempt to smear it with guilt by association with “various forms of terrorism and crime”.

Charming.

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4 comments

  • Steel Phoenix · January 2, 2013 at 3:52 am

    Hah! Tension and conflict caused by inequality between rich and poor. This coming from a guy sitting on a golden throne with a cape and a pimp cane.

  • JC penny · January 2, 2013 at 11:54 pm

    Ahhh… The politics of envy has roots! Shame he can’t see that his religion is NOT about state charity… it’s about individual charity.

    Expect this envy-based bandwagon, already overloaded, to get some serious piling on whether secular or not. It sells. And if the Catholic church ever excelled at anything, it’s marketing.

    But wait, that’s capitalism’s secret weapon. I guess his butler needs to clean that mirror more often >;-)

    jcp

  • CJColucci · January 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Shame he can’t see that his religion is NOT about state charity… it’s about individual charity.

    Maybe some Catholics would agree, maybe lots of Catholics would agree, but the Pope is, after all, the Pope, and in the Catholic view of things, as I remember it, others may propose, but he disposes.

  • Ben · January 6, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    This idol is the embodiment of human cowardice,credulity and silliness.The Church intencively search for the ecumenical allies,leftists-movements of the mobs- all over the World.Individualism and free market is its main enemy, but the science already not because of the cowadice and hypocrisy of the academics.

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