Pope Slams Capitalism, Inequality Between Rich And Poor In New Years Message
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Pope Slams Capitalism, Inequality Between Rich And Poor In New Years Message

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/01...b=facebook

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The 85-year-old pope rang in the new year with a mass for about 10,000 people in St Peter's Basilica on the day the Roman Catholic Church marks its World Day of Peace with initiatives around the world.

He also spoke of peace after the mass, addressing tens of thousands of people who had followed the service from outside in St Peter's Square.

"A new year is like a trip. With the light and the grace of God, may it be the start of a path to peace for every person, every family, every country and for the entire world," he said from his window overlooking the square.

He thanked the world's peacemakers, saying they deserve praise for working, often behind the scenes, tirelessly, thanklessly and armed only "with the weapons of prayer and forgiveness".

Peace marchers carrying rainbow banners released blue balloons in a sunny but cold St Peter's Square as the pope spoke.

Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried "hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor".

He also denounced "the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality".

Benedict said he was convinced of "humanity's innate vocation to peace" despite many problems and setbacks. A personal relationship with God can help all believers deal with what he called the "darkness and anguish" that sometimes defines human existence.

"This is the inner peace that we want in the midst of events in history that are sometimes tumultuous and confused, events that sometimes leave us shaken," he said.

In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society's weakest members.

He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world and strongly reaffirmed the Church's opposition to gay marriage. Heterosexual marriage had an indispensable role in society, he said.

Thousands of people took part in a peace march to the Vatican led by the Catholic peace and charity group, the Sant' Egidio Community, which negotiated the end of the civil war in Mozambique in 1992.

Other peace marches took place in Italian cities, and Catholic dioceses around the world held their own events.

(Editing by Angus MacSwan)

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All the issues that His Holiness talked about and only the comments about capitalism and wealth inequality made the headline?  ???

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(01-02-2013, 12:01 AM)Pilgrim Wrote: All the issues that His Holiness talked about and only the comments about capitalism and wealth inequality made the headline?   ???

I agree, and I would humbly suggest that the OP spend some time meditating on the Gospel of St. Matthew 25:31-46, and also the encyciicl of Pope Leo XIII RERUM NOVARUM http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/leo_xi...um_en.html
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(01-02-2013, 12:01 AM)Pilgrim Wrote: All the issues that His Holiness talked about and only the comments about capitalism and wealth inequality made the headline?   ???

It's the HuffPo.  Q.E.D.

And as an aside, can they do something about the lighting in that cathedral?  It's hideous.  Television lighting is not conducive to prayer, in my opinion.  "Neither is the Novus Ordo" the Crunchy Trad responds.   :eyeroll:
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Golly.  I think we need to practice communism here in America for a century.  That ought to cure the world's ills. 

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(01-02-2013, 12:26 AM)LaramieHirsch Wrote: Golly.  I think we need to practice communism here in America for a century.  That ought to cure the world's ills. 
I just snorted champagne out my nose.  It buuuurns!
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(01-02-2013, 12:27 AM)knittycat Wrote:
(01-02-2013, 12:26 AM)LaramieHirsch Wrote: Golly.  I think we need to practice communism here in America for a century.  That ought to cure the world's ills. 
I just snorted champagne out my nose.  It buuuurns!

Champagne?!  Bourgeois decadence, and an affront to our New Economic Policy.  You are being reported, comrade. 
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I know, that eight bucks could have been so much better spent ;)
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(01-02-2013, 12:21 AM)DrBombay Wrote: And as an aside, can they do something about the lighting in that cathedral?  It's hideous.  Television lighting is not conducive to prayer, in my opinion.  "Neither is the Novus Ordo" the Crunchy Trad responds.   :eyeroll:

For the record, that's not a cathedral, but rather a basilica.  The cathedral for the Bishop of Rome is St. John Lateran, though it also holds the honorary designation of an archbasilica.

Q.E.D.

That all said I do acknowledge the good doctor's rightious and appropriate unbraiding of myself regarding which U.S. President presided over the Korean War.
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Good for the Holy Father! Of course, he is both more traditional and more radical than those who mistakenly believe that usurious capitalism and totalitarian communism--two sides of the same coin, in truth--are the only options available to us today.
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