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Pope Francis says that he is not a Marxist

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Pope Francis has steadfastly denied being a Marxist; although he stated that he had met many "good people" who were Marxists, according to CNN, Dec. 14, 2013. The Pope's comments came after conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh had made accusations against the pontiff, claiming that he "does not know what he is talking about when it comes to capitalism and socialism and so forth."

In his statement to La Stampa (an Italian newspaper), Pope Francis made reference to the Exhortation, which is a 50,000 word document calling for reform within the Catholic Church and blasting several elements of modern capitalism.

Pope Francis also has been highly critical of what he calls "the idolatry of money" and the "new tyranny" to which he felt that such idolatry would lead. He has expressed his firm disagreement with the concept of "trickle down economics," stating that it relies too much on the presumed goodness and social conscientious of those "wielding economic power."

Pope Francis, who is native to Argentina, is the first pontiff from the Americas. Although his positions and statements do not defy traditional Church doctrine, they exemplify a change in position within a church that historically has been much too isolated from the needs of the people it is committed to serving, especially the poor, starving and disenfranchised of society.



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