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Pope Francis denies being Marxist; but believes many Marxists are 'good people'

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Pope Francis responded to "U.S. conservatives’ claims that he’s teaching Marxism," as "incorrect," as reported by Courtney Subramanian of Time Sunday.

However, the Pope said that he is "not offended" because he knows "many Marxists" who are "good people."

Last month, Naomi O'Leary of Reuters reported that in "the first major work he has authored alone as pope," Pope Francis

"attacked unfettered capitalism as 'a new tyranny' and beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality..."

He also,

"urged politicians to 'attack the structural causes of inequality' and strive to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens."

The Pope's political discussion prompted conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh to refer to the Pontiff's words as "pure Marxism."

Limbaugh said in part,

"But regardless, what this is, somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him. This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. Unfettered capitalism? That doesn't exist anywhere. Unfettered capitalism is a liberal socialist phrase to describe the United States. Unfettered, unregulated."

The Pope responded in part by saying,

“The promise was that when the glass was full, it would overflow, benefitting the poor. But what happens instead, is that when the glass is full, it magically gets bigger nothing ever comes out for the poor..."

The Pope's assertion that government is responsible "to provide work, healthcare and education to all citizens" is troubling, and it is certainly reflective of a leftist ideology.

How is it that America became a rich country in the first place? The radical new way of governing as articulated by the founding fathers built a country that focused on the individual, as opposed to the collective.

Limiting government through checks and balances, and empowering the individual to be creative and entrepreneurial led to a wealth that was never before known in history. The poorest souls in America live better than many of the poor in other countries.

America, through her people, are able to "give more to help others than the residents of 152 other countries," as reported at the Christian Science Monitor. The wealth and charity of America is not a product of the government, but of the people.

It should be noted that Pope Francis also "added that marriage as a whole would be discussed in the coming months and that many things would be examined in more detail and clarified."

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Check out her news and political commentary on Liberty Unyielding, Gather and TavernKeepers.com for news you won't find in the mainstream media. Renee is also a guest blogger for the Shire Blog.

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