Pope Francis calls capitalism ‘a fallacious economic model’

Pope Francis, real name Jorge Bergoglio, is a neo-Marxist liberation theology adherent who, in May 2014, endorsed the redistribution of wealth by the state.

On July 9, 2015, he accepted from Bolivian socialist Evo Morales the sacriligious “Marxifix” — a crucifix in the shape of a hammer and sickle.

On May 3, 2019, speaking like the Green Nazi he is, Bergoglio blamed environmental degradation and the world’s poor on capitalism, calling it “a fallacious economic model that has been followed for too long”.

Catholic News Agency reports that Pope Francis made those remarks in an audience with 60 participants in the meeting, “Mining for the Common Good,” in the Apostolic Palace. The meeting was organized by the Vatican Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development. Mining industry executives from Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Canada participated in the meeting, along with Anglican, Methodist, and Catholic leaders “dedicated to development” — whatever that means.

In his remarks, Pope Francis blames the state of the world’s environment and of the poor (“the cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor”) on capitalism: “The precarious condition of our common home has been the result largely of a fallacious economic model that has been followed for too long” — an economic model that is “profit-oriented, shortsighted, and based on the misconception of unlimited economic growth,” which results in a “disastrous impact on the natural world.”

He said “We need a paradigm shift in all our economic activities” because capitalist economic powers “continue to justify the current global system where priority tends to be given to […] the pursuit of financial gain, which fail to take the context into account, let alone the effects on human dignity and the natural environment.”

If Pope Francis thinks the solution of the world’s environmental problems is to replace the “outmoded” economic model of capitalism with socialism, he is only displaying his ideological blindness and gross ignorance. Does he not know that, in addition to a human toll in the hundreds of millions, socialism/communism is an unmitigated disaster on the environment? As examples:

  • East Germany: At the time of its reunification with West Germany an estimated 42% of East Germany’s moving water and 24% of its still waters were so polluted that they could not be used to process drinking water; almost half of the country’s lakes were dead or dying and unable to sustain fish or other forms of life; 44% of its forests were damaged by acid rain. Sten Nilsson, a Swedish forest ecologist, described East Germany as “on the verge of total ecological collapse.” (The Federalist)
  • Poland and Romania: Children from the Upper Silesia area of Poland had five times more lead in their blood than children from Western European cities. In some areas of Romania, the air was heavily polluted that horses were only allowed to stay for two or three years. (1992 Cato Journal paper)
  • Soviet Union: A 1996 study by the Library of Congress found that post-Soviet Russia’s air was “among the most polluted in the world”; 75% of its surface water was polluted; 50% of all water was not potable (drinkable). Then there is the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster, one of numerous episodes of serious environmental damage which plagued the Soviet nuclear sector. Less known than Chernobyl is a 1957 explosion at the Mayak nuclear reactor, which resulted in “long-term contamination of an area of more than 800 to 20,000 square kilometers” with 10,000 people forced to evacuate and an unknown number of deaths. (Wikipedia) The Soviet fleet — the largest nuclear-powered navy in the world — sometimes disposed of reactors by simply dumping them into the ocean.
  • China: Thousands of dead, bloated pigs floating down the river that supplies Shanghai with its drinking water. Air pollution in Beijing so impenetrable the U.S. Embassy’s air quality measuring station can only call it “beyond index.” Industrial towns where rates of cancer are so high they’re known as “cancer villages.” More than half of China’s surface water is so polluted it cannot be treated to make it drinkable; one-quarter of it is so dangerous it can’t even be used for industrial purposes. About 1 million square miles of China is now under desertification — that’s about one-quarter of the country’s total land surface, spread across 18 provinces. (Live Science)

Colin Grabow, a policy analyst based in Washington, DC, points out that the environmental destruction associated with communism is no coincidence or accident of history, but rather a logical outcome of political authoritarianism, an absence of private property rights, and capitalism’s production of wealth and technology. His rebuttal to Pope Francis would be:

There is no society, nor has one ever existed, which featured zero pollution or harm to the environment. The only question is how best to manage it, and which system is best positioned to accomplish this. On that question the answer is surely capitalism, home to the world’s richest countries and cleanest environments. It isn’t even close.

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William
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William

Unbridled capitalism sometimes needs to be tempered, and it is, by market forces, not state power. Thank you for pointing out that statist centrally-planned economies are invariably disastrous for the environment. Frank committed a Freudian slip when he referred to capitalism as “fallacious”. He was probably thinking of “fellatio”

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

Extremely interesting article. It is a sad state of affairs when the Pope of the Catholic Church continually denigrates “capitalism.” If you have ever perused the statistics that indicate the IQ’s of the various nations comprising our world . . . frankly, it is only by capitalism that “We” those of us specifically in America are able to come up with excess monies to help peoples in countries where their own economic growth is completely stunted due, in large part, to their inability to creatively grow themselves out of poverty. Look at what has happened in those parts of Africa… Read more »

Alma
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Alma

IMPOSTOR, TRAITOR, the 2019 AD JUDAS. The Vatican can now say they earned satan’s regalia.

Goldbug
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Goldbug

Jorge should keep his trap shut!

Blather
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Blather

This guy (the Pope) is just a liar. It’s communism that is fallacious. He is angry because capitalism pulls people out of the communist sh it holes that the Pope needs for Catholicism to work.

Stein
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Stein

Capitalism is broken, just pointing it out doesn’t make one a communist or socialist. Francis, on the other hand, is trying to take advantage of this in order to push an agenda.

TrailDust
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No surprise here. The pope’s liberation theology is marxism with a Catholic facade.

Tim Shey
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The Vatican is a really bad Italian joke.

YouKnowWho
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YouKnowWho

Dope francis

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

After considering the picture that is posted of the Pope, wherein he accepted a “sort of” crucifix, showing the body of Christ superimposed on the Communist Hammer & Sickle . . . . I find that I am horrified that the Pope would accept such an article that seemingly belittles the actual gift of the Atonement that Christ made for us! This is ugly and it is disgusting!
What an odious man this Pope is.

Joven Senex
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Joven Senex

There can only be one pope. At any time in history when more than one man was pope, only one truly was, the others were antipopes. We are currently witnessing the same situation. Pope Benedict is the pope, if he wasn’t, he would have fully vacated the office and dropped the title and uniform.

Jackie Puppet
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Franky’s being disingenouos, since if it wasn’t for crony capitalism, the Vatican’s coffers wouldn’t continue to be enriched.

He deserves a rather painful death via the “Marxifix”

CalGirl
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CalGirl

The poor adore the Pope in any generation, but it is the fruits of capitalism that keep the Vatican’s “ship of State” afloat. This pope grew up and matured and worked under a socialist state and an avered communist mentor. Apple, meet Tree.

txfella
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txfella

Interesting. The CEO of one of the wealthiest corporations on the planet is a Marxist. And probably an atheist. Love the irony.

Steven Broiles
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As I have stated before, the Catholic Church was successfully infiltrated with the death of Pius XII and the election of John XXIII. (I have read that Pius was poisoned; if so, that would make it a coup). With Francis we may very well have the False Prophet or forerunner to the Anti-Christ; It remains to be seen. But one thing the Second Vatican Council achieved, in its erection of a “conciliar” Church or its ecumenism was to throw the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, overboard. This great Saint—perhaps possessed of the greatest intellect save Christ History has ever seen—was… Read more »

Hawkmoon
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Hawkmoon

Fact:Immigration which drives Human population growth in the “West” is the #1 factor for Environmental degradation, increased pollution, habitat loss, and thus wildlife species decline.
This jooish psychiatric mental patient is a complete fraud

Lophatt
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Lophatt

I tell you, he can’t shut up:

https://www.thenewamerican.com/culture/item/32245-pope-francis-calls-for-end-of-sovereignty-and-establishment-of-global-government

He’s always shown surrounded by rabbis. I wonder why that is.