Despite the Pope insisting he is not Marxist on several occasions, it appears as though he does share some similar ideas with the political and economic theory – perhaps the most indicative of this is his desire for a redistribution of wealth.
On Friday, Pope Francis addressed the public and set his sights on making the world better for the poor. He went on to share that society has come to adopt an, “economy of exclusion,” in which the poor have been deemed second class citizens.
In order to combat this less than dignified reality, the Pope has called for a, “worldwide ethical mobilization,” in which the world pulls together in the name of charity in order to aide of the poor. Amongst his address, Francis shared, “I do not hesitate to state, as did my predecessors, 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.”
He further mentioned, “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.”
Although the Pope’s ideals are understandable, they may be more than a little unreasonable. As much of the world is not Catholic, has not promised everything – including their celibacy – unto God, it seems a bit absurd to expect the rest of the world to live in such a way.
In that, Francis had decried the mentality of Capitalism as he suggests that the greed in which drives such an economy is the direct culprit responsible for his aforementioned second class citizenry. There is no doubt the Pope knows of the contradictory nature in his lecture as the world has yet to operate on a standard basis as of this point – so why would they agree to all come together and adopt a worldwide redistribution of wealth to help the poor?
The Pope is making a valid point here – in that we as human kind have a duty to care for those who are less fortunate – but the way in which he’s suggesting we fix our broken society hardly seems a reasonable solution. What do you guys think? Let us know in the comments below.