Pope Francis endorses redistribution of wealth by the State

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pope between POS & lurchPope Francis has a disturbing penchant to spout off in ways that lend support to the Left, which would explain why they’ve embraced him as one of their own.

The latest example is his widely-reported address of last Friday, May 9, 2014, to the United Nations, “Address of Pope Francis to the UN System Chief Executives Board for Coordination,” in which he seems to endorse the dream of every socialist: redistribution of wealth.

This is the section in his address which has drawn so much attention:

Today, in concrete terms, an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death must lead us to share with complete freedom the goods which God’s providence has placed in our hands, material goods but also intellectual and spiritual ones, and to give back generously and lavishly whatever we may have earlier unjustly refused to others.

The account of Jesus and Zacchaeus teaches us that above and beyond economic and social systems and theories, there will always be a need to promote generous, effective and practical openness to the needs of others. Jesus does not ask Zacchaeus to change jobs nor does he condemn his financial activity; he simply inspires him to put everything, freely yet immediately and indisputably, at the service of others.

Consequently, I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors (cf. JOHN PAUL II,Sollicitudo Rei Socialis, 42-43; Centesimus Annus, 43; BENEDICT XVI, Caritas in Veritate, 6; 24-40), that equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by joining scientific and technical abilities with an unfailing commitment to solidarity accompanied by a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level. A contribution to this equitable development will also be made both by international activity aimed at the integral human development of all the world’s peoples and by the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.

Consequently, while encouraging you in your continuing efforts to coordinate the activity of the international agencies, which represents a service to all humanity, I urge you to work together in promoting a true, worldwide ethical mobilization which, beyond all differences of religious or political convictions, will spread and put into practice a shared ideal of fraternity and solidarity, especially with regard to the poorest and those most excluded.

equitable economic and social progress can only be attained by … the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State


John Hayward of Human Events went to great pains and much mind-reading contortions to rationalize what Pope Francis really had said and what Pope Francis really means, that:

  • At the same time as Francis is calling for a wealth redistribution, he also calls for “an awareness of the dignity of each of our brothers and sisters whose life is sacred and inviolable from conception to natural death” — referring to abortion and euthanasia.
  • Francis calls for “a generous and disinterested spirit of gratuitousness at every level,” not just at the governmental level.
  • Francis’ idea of “legitimate” wealth redistribution is not what Hayward calls “a parasitic mega-government that enriches itself from the labor of honest citizens, and spends titanic amounts of money on endeavors that have nothing to do with alleviating desperate poverty.” [Really? How does Hayward know that?]
  • What Francis meant by the “poorest and those most excluded” who are deserving of charity is not what actually happens in America’s welfare state, wherein the ideology of “income inequality” has been appropriated “by arrogant leftists to claim the power to fine-tune middle-class salaries to meet their notion of ‘fairness.’” [Really? How does Hayward know that?]

This is the comment I wrote in response to Hayward:

I am a conservative Roman Catholic who loves my faith, and I am simply sick of this pope opening his big mouth time and again, necessitating conservative commentators like John Hayward to come to his rescue to “reinterpret” his words.

Mr. Hayward can rationalize what Pope Francis really said and meant until Hayward is blue in the face, but no explanation can ever remove these 9 damning words that the pope uttered: “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State,” with emphasis on the last 3 words “by the State.”

With those 9 words, Francis has endorsed not only the Left’s welfare state but Socialism and Communism. In so doing, Francis is intruding into politics. Thus, the IRS should remove from the U.S. Catholic Church its tax-exempt non-profit status.

Et tu, Francis. Have you joined Caesar, against our birthright of freedom, given to us by God?

Knowledgeable Catholics know Pope Francis was not speaking “ex cathedra,” i.e., with infallibility, because this address does not pertain to fundamental church beliefs, doctrines and dogma. But the world gives his words authority because of who he is.

This pope is oblivious to the record of what socialism and communism have wrought — of repression, abuse, torture, and murder in the hundreds of millions in the 20th century alone. (See The Black Book of Communism: Crimes, Terror, Repression.)

This pope does not speak for me.

And here’s the account of Jesus and Zecchaeus from Luke 19:1-10. Note that Jesus commended Zecchaeus on his voluntary charity-giving to the poor. Nowhere is there mention of the welfare state, or of government’s enforced “charity” via confiscatory taxes, or of the illegitimate or “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state”:

And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.

And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for today I must abide at thy house.

And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.

And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


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17 responses to “Pope Francis endorses redistribution of wealth by the State

  1. Reblogged this on GulfDogs.

  2. ” to share with complete freedom”…not possible when it’s a forced tax.

  3. traildustfotm

    The potential implications are troubling.

  4. Here is an example of what happens when the U.S. Government “redistributes wealth”. CDBG Grants (Community Development Block Grants) are taken from everyone who pays taxes. Then the Federal Government distributes the money to cities. It has been determined that by the time the money gets to the cities, about 65% of it has gone to Federal Bureaucracies. The city then gives the money to agencies that help the poor, people with health problems, etc. The city administration takes about another 10%. That leaves about 25% to go to the end user. “Redistribution of wealth” mainly supports BIG GOVERNMENT! it does very little to help the poor.

  5. OldNorthState

    And today we have the news that 25% or more of EITC payments are rife with fraud. The government needs to be pared back 75% for a start. And the Pope can sell some of the Vatican treasures and/or a goodly portion of the prime real estate the church owns throughout the world. Man up, Francis!

  6. Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this important post. This is especially disturbing since the Catholic Church has been against Socialism in the past and Communism as well. There have been numerous Catholic martyrs consisting of priests, sisters, monks and lay people, who have died opposing Socialism and Communism. Indeed and in fact, Pope John Paul II, now known as St. John Paul the Great, spent his life in such opposition protecting the dignity and rights of humanity.

  7. The people most hurt by redistribution is the middle class and they are the very people that donate more and give and do more for their communities already.
    Catholic Charities have always been very active in helping those in need in their communities. Leave well enough alone.
    Those always wanting this, end up giving the least.
    Frankly, the middle class in tired of being the go to people.

  8. kristin sodrel

    I’ve read your blog for at least 6 months now and I am a protest. My closest friend is Catholic and I am her youngest daughters godmother. So I have always felt half Catholic lol anyway… not that this even matters in my eyes or Gods for that matter! But I can say we are like minded believers trying to run this good race to the finish together as one body.

    I just wanted to say on behalf of freedom seekers, and liberated minded thinkers how refreshing it was to read your views on Pope Francis! It was clear you are siding with the real freedom and liberty we have in Christ Jesus! Praise God that you do not walk blindly in these end times to the beat of any drum. You are alert and watching and I praise God for all of the contributors to this blog!

    May God bless you and keep you! Onward we march until we see him coming in the clouds! Thank you for all you have sacrificed and do to keep us informed!

    P.S I’ve sent many a protest your way lol! They love this blog and what you stand for! Which supersedes any denomination 🙂

    In His Name, Kristin

    Sent from my iPhone


  9. I think this is where this Southern Baptist and Pope Francis are going to have to part company.

    I realize Jesus said to give freely, but he never said to steal other people’s money to do so.


  10. Forced charity (redistribution of wealth) does not glorify God.

  11. I wonder if this Pope is really Catholic. He could be an imposter, like Obama, working for the Masons or Illuminati in order to destroy capitalism and pave the way for the anti-Christ. Think about how in line he is with Obama and about his tacit approval of gays and lesbians.

  12. funny they would use this biblical account to justify stealing from someone to give to someone else, zacchais was a tax collector who cheated the people, he over charged them, we was just giving back the required amount justice requires by paying back 2 or 4 times as much this was not an act of charity this was an act of repentance. don’t confuse the two. charity has a place but it is never justified for stealing, and frankly how can you take any ruler seriously when they speak but then not perform have you seen the gold in that Vatican, wow, how many people could that feed or clothe or give medications too or even help educate and help people to develop skills and capital for investments in business to build wealth and get out of poverty? really? why do people believe this stuff, It makes me question people’s intelligence if they have any.

  13. When Francis first became Pope, I wondered how much he had been influenced by Argentinian Socialism. First of all, in Latin America, there is a much wider gap between the rich and the poor than in some other parts of the world. One of the reasons for this is because their leaders are despots. Under the Kirchners there hasn’t been any reduction in power. Their best friends have been Chavez, Morales, Correa and Fidel Castro. These gangsters have neglected health, education and security for most of the people. They recently destroyed Argentina’s capacity to produce food and grains. Helping the poor? They have reduced 90 percent of the population to poverty. They have made it difficult to produce, export and import. They have promoted violence and hatred for the people who work hard and save and at the same time they have increased their own wealth. Heaven help all of us if this is the type of Socialism and redistribution Pope Francis is advocating for the rest of the world.

  14. A heretic cannot be Pope. A heretic is by that very fact, not Catholic and in by that very fact “ispo facto” cannot be the head of something he does not belong to.

    He is a modernist. By their fruits you will know them. Pope Pius X condemned modernism in his encyclicals. The new form of ordination is also invalid for the same reasons that the anglican ordinations were ruled invalid. The form of the ordination was changed in the 1960s, meaning he is a layman as well.

  15. How can I get permission to use the picture of the Pope, Obama and John Kerry?


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