Pope demands “legitimate redistribution” of wealth

May 9, 8:51 AM EDT

Pope demands ‘legitimate redistribution’ of wealth


Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion” that is taking hold today.

Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week.

Latin America’s first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity, though his predecessors have voiced similar concerns.

On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote a “worldwide ethical mobilization” of solidarity with the poor in a new spirit of generosity.

He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”

Francis voiced a similar message to the World Economic Forum in January and in his apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” That document, which denounced trickle-down economic theories as unproven and naive, provoked accusations in the U.S. that he was a Marxist.

Francis urged the U.N. to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment and ensure dignified labor for all.

“Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustices and resisting the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted,” he said.

Friday’s audience came just days after the Holy See was battered in a second round of grilling by a U.N. committee over its record of handling priestly sex abuse. Neither the pope nor Ban spoke of the issue, but Francis referred to another topic at the U.N. hearings: the church’s opposition to abortion. He called for respect for life “from conception to natural death” and his denunciation of the “culture of death” echoed previous papal exhortations against abortion.

During the meeting, Ban invited Francis to speak to the United Nations. The Vatican hasn’t confirmed any such trip, but Francis is widely expected to visit the U.S. in September 2015 to participate in a church meeting on families in Philadelphia, making a U.N. stop then likely.

Get AQ Email Updates

9 comments on “Pope demands “legitimate redistribution” of wealth

  1. Key phrase: “….must lead us to share with complete freedom…”

    That presumes a condition made impossible in any state with confiscatory taxes and regulations, about which Jorge….

    ……….as usual………..



    Toss in that coercion (cf., taxes and regulations) nullifies “complete freedom” (an exercise willed in charity) and the “bishop of some town in Italy’s” statement….

    ……….as usual………..



  2. Note, Battlin’ Bill (God love him) makes a valid point on the natural law rights of the unborn and the infirm but overlooks the socialist magma erupting from Mt. Bergoglio.

  3. Whatever happened to the “doctrine of subsidiarity”?

  4. Comrade Bergoglio strikes again! We trads know that simple Jorge is a disciple of liberation theology (aka Marxism), so not a big surprise that he said these things to representatives of another commie and revolutionary entity (the U.N.). Yeah, he gave Catholics a bone reiterating basic Catholic dogma on natural law , but sadly we’re stuck with this clown for the foreseeable future.

  5. Another tendentious pleading is evident: “…economic progress can be had through “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state…”

    Since the feller in the Motel 6 in sunny Nuovo Roma obviously needs an education, we need to send him some charts of the “economic progress” attained by these stellar examples…

    . Maoist China, from 1949 and up through the Cultural Revolution

    . USSR, 1917 – 1989

    . Cuba

    . Venezuela

    . North Korea

    . Post-apartheid South Africa (a thrilling example)

    . Pre-FDR America and the American economy since 1932, underscoring the purchasing power of the dollar

    Even John Adams, for Pete’s sake, had more on the ball than Bergoglio. When the Congress wanted to appropriate $10,000 during Adams’ presidency for some sort of “humanitarian” purpose or other, he flatly refused. He stated that neither the Constitution nor sound governance would permit the redistribution of private property – period.

    • And James Madison also:

      “I cannot undertake to lay my finger on that article of the Constitution which granted a right to Congress of expending, on the objects of benevolence, the money of their constituents”. (Annals of Congress, House of Representatives, 3rd Congress, 1st Session, page 170)

      “If Congress can employ money indefinitely to the general welfare,
      and are the sole and supreme judges of the general welfare,
      they may take the care of religion into their own hands;
      they may appoint teachers in every State, county and parish
      and pay them out of their public treasury;
      they may take into their own hands the education of children,
      establishing in like manner schools throughout the Union;
      they may assume the provision of the poor;
      they may undertake the regulation of all roads other than post-roads;
      in short, every thing, from the highest object of state legislation
      down to the most minute object of police,
      would be thrown under the power of Congress…. Were the power
      of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for,
      it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature
      of the limited Government established by the people of America”. (Letter to Edmund Pendleton, January 21, 1792)

  6. I may have said this before, but…

    May his reign be short.

  7. The Pope would have been more effective had he reminded the enormously rich that greed, avariciousness and usury are mortal sins which God will not forgive without restitution by the sinner; that no matter how much someone may enjoy great wealth and the power that comes with it on this Earth, such enjoyment is just temporary unlike damnation, which is eternal.

    But that would require for him to resort to traditional Catholic teaching and this is not allowed under post-conciliar catholicism.

    • True, but the rich have heard enough about how sinful they supposedly are. I’m tired of it, too — not to excuse evil behavior, though. The other part of the teaching is that the rich are “under strict command to give of their superfluity to the poor” (Leo XIII). I’d like to hear him teach that, but at the same time teach that this doesn’t devolve to a duty of government. It’s the latter part that’s the problem. These socialists have no care for all the “common” folks who are deprived of a decent living because of Robin Hood politicians, “on whose hands are crimes, while their right hands are full of bribes” (lavabo, my missal).

Leave a Reply