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Quote of the Day

“Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. ... Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape.

”Human beings are themselves considered consumer goods to be used and then discarded. We have created a “disposable” culture which is now spreading. ...

“In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting.”

-- Pope Francis in his first apostolic exhortation. You can read more here. Or almost anywhere.

Idiots on the right have criticized Pope Francis and imply someone has “gotten to him.” (“Yeah, Jesus,” came one reply on Twitter.) Idiots on the left say, "Hey, Pope, what about ...? then mention their pet cause.

Me, I'm just happy to have God on my side for a change.


Posted at 07:35 AM on Thu. Nov 28, 2013 in category Quote of the Day  
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Reed wrote:

This guy's pretty amazing. I knew that Catholic leadership was very different in Argentina than it was in the US. This is one reason I found it relatively easy (on my conscience) to marry in a church in Buenos Aires. That and the priest who performed our wedding was extremely open, honest, and warm-hearted.
But the profound shift in his perspective from the previous 34 years actually makes me proud of my (limited) connection to the church. I never thought something like this would happen in my lifetime. Liberals can complain about all the things that remain wrong with Catholicism, but Francis seems like the only powerful person on the planet right now who really wants to fight for the little guy. More should follow his lead because, generally speaking, when the little guy does well we all win.

Comment posted on Fri. Nov 29, 2013 at 05:24 AM

Erik wrote:

Well said, Reed.

Comment posted on Fri. Nov 29, 2013 at 09:05 AM

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