“Pope Francis: Successor to St. Peter … the people’s pontiff … Marxist?,” as CNN is reporting.
“That’s what conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh suggests, calling the Pope’s latest document ‘pure Marxism.’
“Limbaugh blasted the pontiff on Wednesday, a day after Francis released ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ (The Joy of the Gospel), a 50,000-word statement that calls for church reform and castigates elements of modern capitalism.
“Limbaugh’s segment, now online and entitled ‘It’s Sad How Wrong Pope Francis Is (Unless It’s a Deliberate Mistranslation By Leftists),’ takes direct aim at the pope’s economic views, calling them ‘dramatically, embarrassingly, puzzlingly wrong.’
“The Vatican issued the English translation of ‘Evangelii,’ which is known officially as an apostolic exhortation and unofficially as a pep talk to the worlds 1.5 billion Catholics.
“Francis – the first pope ever to hail from Latin America, where he worked on behalf of the poor in his native Argentina – warned in “Evangelii” that the “idolatry of money” would lead to a “new tyranny.”
“The Pope also blasted ‘trickle-down economics,’ saying the theory ‘expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power.’
“The Pope’s critique of capitalism thrilled many liberal Catholics, who have long called on church leaders to spend more time and energy on protecting the poor from economic inequalities.
“But Limbaugh, whose program is estimated to reach 15 million listeners, called the Pope’s comments ‘sad’ and ‘unbelievable.'”
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