HH agrees with Pope Francisco down-the-line on social issues. That means that we have many, both clergy and lay, who’re in contempt of their teachings. Let’s not be coy. Such people spit on Christ and His Church, full stop. Do have a care with so-called Ancient Faith Radio… it’s full of rightwing konvertsy who’ve no idea of the real social teaching of the REAL Church. You’d think that contraception was against the Church, if you listened to these demented toddlers. Well, I listen to real-deal people like Fr Vsevolod Chaplin, and he says that contraception is A-OK with the Church. You pays your money and you takes your choice… I’ve paid, and I’ve chosen… what about you? Oh… Fr Vsevolod’s only the closest confidant to HH… I do think that makes him a bit more privy to what’s truly Orthodox than the dribbling shake n’ bakes on AFR.
Earlier this month, Laurie Goodstein reported for the New York Times that Pope Francisco’s softer rhetoric on hot-button social issues like abortion and same-sex marriage were causing conservative Catholics no small amount of chagrin. It looks like they can expect more cognitive dissonance, according to this report in The Guardian:
Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as “a new tyranny”, urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he authored as pontiff. The 84-page document, known as an apostolic exhortation, amounted to an official platform for his papacy, building on views he has aired in sermons and remarks since he became the first non-European pontiff in 1,300 years in March. In it, Francisco went further than earlier comments criticising the global economic system, attacking the “idolatry of money” and beseeching politicians to guarantee all citizens “dignified work, education, and healthcare”. He also called on rich people to share their wealth. Francisco wrote in the document issued on Tuesday, “Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills. How can it be that it isn’t a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure but its news when the stock market loses two points?”
In a sense, the new pope is just grappling with the reality he faces. Polls show that American Catholics, at least, agree with the pontiff’s position that the church focuses too much on social issues. Moreover, Francisco recently commissioned a survey of Catholics around the world to see where they fall on these questions. Meanwhile, Dominic Barton, the Managing Director of McKinsey & Co., writes in today’s Wall Street Journal:
In 2012, the top 1 percent of earners in the USA collected 19.3 percent of the country’s total household income… an all-time high… The disparity is growing rapidly as well. Incomes of the top 1 percent grew by 31.4 percent from 2009 to 2012, compared to just 0.4 percent for the remaining 99 percent.
26 November 2013