It has been absolutely amazing to observe the astonishment over Pope Francis’ pronouncements on economic inequality and social justice. I’m not surprised–the Jesuits have been very good on these issues. In fact, by their standards, the current Pope is rather tame (he was a Latin American Jesuit who did not embrace liberation theology). That said, I don’t except any real movement on social issues and the like, but at least it’s refreshing to have a religious figure who doesn’t believe the sanctity of life ends at childbirth.
What’s even more bizarre is how much conservatives are losing it over his economic views. Big Pharma (boldface mine):
I mean, it totally befuddled me. If it weren’t for capitalism, I don’t know where the Catholic Church would be. Now, as I mentioned before, I’m not Catholic. I admire it profoundly and I’ve been tempted a number of times to delve deeper into it. But the Pope here has now gone beyond Catholicism here, and this is pure political.
Yes, it would be unseemly for religious figures to influence the U.S. political system.
The mind boggles.