Interview with Jesuit ‘America’ journalists…
Francis: ‘If I see the Gospel in a Sociological Way only, Yes, I am Communist, and so too is Jesus’
Sometimes ‘Pope’ Francis (Jorge Bergoglio) says outrageous things that go under, simply because he says and does so many other outrageous things that one cannot read or process everything in due time.
Thus it is that we must turn once again to the interview Francis gave to journalists affiliated with the Jesuit rag America, which was published Nov. 28:
- Exclusive: Pope Francis denounces polarization, talks women’s ordination, the U.S. bishops and more (America)
America‘s departing editor-in-chief, ‘Fr.’ Matt Malone, asked Bergoglio the following question:
In the United States, there are those who interpret your criticisms of market capitalism as criticisms of the United States. There are even some who think you may be a socialist, or they call you a communist, or they call you a Marxist. You, of course, have always said you are following the Gospel. But how do you respond to those who say that what the church and you have to say about economics is not important?
The false pope gave an explosive and blasphemous answer:
I always ask myself, where does this labeling come from? For example, when we were returning from Ireland on the plane, a letter from an American prelate erupted that said all kinds of things about me. I try to follow the Gospel. I am much enlightened by the Beatitudes, but above all by the standard by which we will be judged: Matthew 25. “I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was in prison, and you visited me. I was sick and you cared for me.” Is Jesus a communist, then? The problem that is behind this, that you have rightly touched on, is the socio-political reduction of the Gospel message. If I see the Gospel in a sociological way only, yes, I am a communist, and so too is Jesus. Behind these Beatitudes and Matthew 25 there is a message that is Jesus’ own. And that is to be Christian. The communists stole some of our Christian values. [Laughter.] Some others, they made a disaster out of them.
What is surprising here is only the nonchalant candidness with which Bergoglio admits that he believes the Gospel to be a manifesto of Communism if considered only under its sociological aspect (whatever that is supposed to mean exactly).
In the past, Francis has displayed his Marxist sympathies again and again. Here are some examples:
- It Takes a Village: Francis announces “Global Educational Alliance” Kickoff at Vatican
- Social Inequality: Popes Leo XIII and Pius X vs. “Pope” Francis
- Francis Uncensored: “The Communists are the Christians”
- High Fidel-ity: Francis Meets Fidel Castro in Cuba
- Francis Receives Blasphemous Gift of Christ Crucified on Hammer & Sickle (and is not offended!)
- Francis Interview with La Stampa: “Many Marxists are Good People”
Communism is inherently atheistic, where God is replaced by the state. It is not surprising that Francis should have such sympathies for that wicked system and its proponents, since he also supports and teaches Liberation Theology, which is a Marxist reinterpretation of the Gospel that perverts the true doctrine of Christ, which Bergoglio is happy to slam when the occasion allows it.
In 1939, the magnificent Irish Catholic writer Fr. Edward Leen (1885-1944) published a book entitled The Church before Pilate. In Chapter 2 of this work, the author devotes a subsection to the topic of Communism. He offers a sobering analysis of the despicable, materialistic, godless system introduced by Karl Marx (1818-1883), identifying it as “the most uncompromising enemy of Catholicity”, indeed “the most thorough expression of the partial, incomplete and somewhat illogical revolts that have marked the course of Christianity from the first years of the Christian era.”
To read the full text of Fr. Leen’s refutation of Communism, please see the following post:
- Fr. Edward Leen: A Brief Catholic Critique of Communism (1939)
Whereas many mistakenly hold that Communism is merely an economic theory, thus confusing it with Socialism, the truth is that Communism is much more than that. It is nothing less than “an ethics and a religion”, as Fr. Leen explains. Communism seeks to upset and replace, by means of revolution, the entire social order. Whatever contributes to this goal, is morally acceptable to the Communist, who holds to the cruel error that “the end justifies the means”.
The true Popes have strongly condemned Communism and Socialism. Among the most relevant magisterial documents are the following:
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Quod Apostolici Muneris on Socialism (1878)
- Pope Leo XIII, Encyclical Rerum Novarum on Capital and Labor (1891)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Quadragesimo Anno on the Reconstruction of the Social Order (1931)
- Pope Pius XI, Encyclical Divini Redemptoris on Atheistic Communism (1937)
It must be pointed out that the Church’s condemnation of Communism is not to be understood as an endorsement of Capitalism. Although not intrinsically evil like Communism, Capitalism tends to corrupt the legitimate quest for making a profit by turning it not only into an end in itself but into the highest of all ends to be sought ferociously, even at the expense of people’s individual rights and of the common good.
The economic theory that corresponds most closely to the Church’s social doctrine appears to be what is known as “Distributism”, although the label is prone to being misunderstood. The following article explains it at some length:
- “Distributism: Economics as if People Mattered” by Peter Chojnowski, Ph.D.
The antidote to Communism, then, is not Capitalism but the social and moral doctrine of the Catholic Church.
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