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In a December 15, 2013 interview, Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas run tandem with communism, said that he is not a Marxist and that Marxist ideology is wrong.

Under the constant assaults to free market capitalism, even as the world falls increasingly under socialist political constructs, many US Conservatives took issue with the Pope's apparent attack on an aggressively belittled US free market style of government and its ensuing economics.

Indeed, Pope Francis had attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny."

Conservative heavyweight Rush Limbaugh, being the most notable, weighed in by criticizing the Pope's remarks while offering an explanation as to why the Pope was completely wrong. Now, the Pope has decided to clarify his earlier attack on capitalism, by stating Marxist ideology is wrong, and thereby indirectly attacking Barack Obama, who once stated " Capitalism is blind faith."

Barack Obama, who has spent his entire two terms in office, focused on eliminating free market healthcare, has partially succeeded in nationalizing fully 1/6 th of the US economy by virtue of both his and the Democrat Party's US healthcare takeover.

While the Pope did not indicate Obama and the Democrats directly, it is no longer a behind the political lines secret, that Obama's overall efforts have sought to increasingly expand and control the US economy by over- regulation, penalties and fees; these precepts being an accepted platform of methodology regarding Marxist ideology.

By increasing the US Governments involvement into virtually every sector of US economic life, Obama has finally reverted America into a pre-paradigm of goverment controlled means of production. Marxism is the fundamental political concept of transforming a free market capitalist society into an authoritarian controlled government construct,as established by Karl Marx.

In another words, Marxism is the conceptual bridge by which an authoritatively controlled economy by government, is achieved, which is precisely what the White House has been angling for since its first days of ascending into power.

Below is the story from Reuters:

VATICAN CITY, - Pope Francis, responding to conservative criticisms that his economic and social ideas smack of communism, said in an Italian newspaper interview on Sunday that he is not a Marxist but that even Marxists can be good people.

Francis also denied reports that he would name a woman cardinal, said there was good progress in cleaning up Vatican finances and confirmed that he would visit Israel and the Palestinian territories next year, La Stampa said.

Last month, American radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, who has a huge following in the United States, railed against the pope for written comments made on the world economy.

Limbaugh, who is not Catholic, said that parts of the document were "pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope" and suggested that someone else had written the papal document for him. He also accused the pope of going "beyond Catholicism" and being "purely political".

Asked about the accusations, which sparked a debate in the media and blogosphere last month, Francis, a member of the all-male Jesuit order associated with progressive social policies, said, "Marxist ideology is wrong. But in my life I have known many Marxists who are good people, so I don't feel offended."

He has also been criticized by other conservatives.

In last month's document, seen as a platform for his papacy, Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny" said an "economy of exclusion and inequality" had proven to be deadly for many people around the world.

In his response to the critics, Francis said he was not speaking "as a technician but according to the social doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church, and this does not mean being Marxist". He said he was just trying to present a "snapshot of what is happening" in the world today.

In another document last week, Francis said huge salaries and bonuses were symptoms of an economy based on greed and called again for nations to narrow the wealth gap.

Conservatives in the 1.2 billion member Church have expressed concern and disappointment about some of the pope's pronouncements, such as when he said he was not in a position to judge homosexuals who are people of good will sincerely seeking God.

Asked about speculation that a woman could be among the new cardinals he will appoint early next year, he said: "I don't know where that idea comes from. Women in the Church should be valued, not 'clericalized'."

In other parts of the interview, Francis also said a committee of eight cardinals from around the world who are advising him on changes to the Vatican structure would make its first formal recommendations to him in February but that reform would be a "lengthy task".

He said that reform of the Vatican's sometimes murky finances was "on the right path" and expressed satisfaction that last week a Council of Europe committee called Moneyval gave the Vatican a good evaluation of its efforts to abide by international financial standards.

He said he had not yet decided what to do about the Vatican bank, which has been touched by scandals over the decades. In the past he has not ruled out closing it.

Francis said he was "getting ready" to go to the Holy Land next year to mark the 50th anniversary of when Pope Paul VI became the first pope in modern times to visit there.

He has been invited by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority to make a visit, which is expected to take place in May or June.

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