We DO have a choice. We can choose to follow the path of private gain or we can choose to follow a path of common cooperation. These paths are NOT compatible. You can’t be on both paths at the same time, just as you can’t be in two places at once. Any time that you hear someone gassing about “individualism”, it’s usually an apologia for economic anarchy… an excuse for the strong preying on those less powerful than they are.
His Holiness is friends with Fidel Castro Ruz and Gennady Zyuganov… Paffhausen pals around Hard Right Republicans. I’d say that one of these things is NOT like the other! If we’re Christians, one thing IS clear. We should worship Christ, NOT Mammon… someone should tell all the rigthtwing konvertsy that. Remember, Our Lord Christ suffered death on the cross for OPPOSING the dishonesty and greed of the powers-that-be, especially the high priest and his party. Meaty reflection, no? Oh, yes… there ARE analogues of Caiphas about in today’s Church… do have a care…