Pope Francis has made all kinds of news since he became the Holy See. Whether it's embracing a boil-covered disfigured man, or speaking out on tolerance for homosexuality or most recently on the economy, a call in trouble brings Papa on the double. There's no doubt this soft-spoken pontiff is using his bully pulpit to inspire and in some cases, enrage his flock. And humanity and humility are being best served.
Of his latest target, the Pope is concerned that Capitalism is out of control. It's breeding contempt for the poor while promoting the enrichment of the elitists. He particularly singles out the turning of the collective backs of the capitalists and budget cutters on the poor. Who are these betrayers of human decency? The Republican party in the United states. And who is the contemporary Judas Iscariot? Paul Ryan.
Take a look at a few of the recent quotes from the man in the big pointed hat in his just-issued Apostolic Exhortation. He addresses the global debate about inequality:
"Today, and it breaks my heart to say it, finding a homeless person who has died of cold, is not news. Today, the news is scandals, that is news, but the many children who don't have food - that's not news. This is grave. We can't rest easy while things are this way."
The "cult of money" is tyrannizing the poor and turning humans into expendable consumer goods.
Now if you want to look at the GOP's recent Pope of capitalism, the corrupt but sanctified hero of the Republicans, Ronald Reagan put forth the policy which became knows as "Trickle Down Economics." It started us on the downward into the death spiral where we find ourselves today. And how does Pope Francis view Reagan's fairy tale plan for economic growth?
"Some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system."
Do you hear that Catholics in Congress? This man is your spiritual leader. Do you wish to believe the Gipper who was a sinner or Francis who is the Pope?
He's talking to all of us, Jew and Gentile, in the Apostolic Exhortation but especially to you Republicans who consistently seek to harm and punish the poor, the young, the elderly and those who try, but cannot succeed because of your oppressive ways.
These are not the protests and warnings of some mad, 14th century mind. This pope has actually acclimated to modern ways to reach the world with public appearances, television addresses and even Twitter.
How marvelous it would be if, at the end of the day, each of us could say: today I have performed an act of charity towards others!
Well all you GOP mindless zombies who believe the only purpose for a budget is slash it of every social service. Is that how your God teaches you? Not mine.
Now Paul Ryan and your co-horts, remind me again about joining a move to not only blunt a raise in minimum wages, but in some case even proposing doing away with a minimum wage all together. Here's how Francis sees that:
"Not paying fairly, not giving a job because you are only looking at balance sheets, only looking at how to make a profit. That goes against God!"
Here's another tweet that is meant for you:
My thoughts turn to all who are unemployed, often as a result of a self-centred mindset bent on profit at any cost.
Ah, but the Pontiff doesn't stop there.
Prayer, humility, and charity toward all are essential in the Christian life: they are the way to holiness.
And here's a final tweet that should cause you to wake up and realize you're committing crimes against humanity in the eyes of your holy leader.
The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need, those who have nothing apart from their poverty.
We here in America want a great society (thanks LBJ and now Pope Francis). That's not what we're getting from our 113th Congress, especially the Tea Party heathens who claim their part of the the religious right but are actually full-blown hypocrites, one and all. I find no fault having beliefs of any kind. I gladly accept atheism which seems void of most established beliefs which is a belief, in and of itself. What I do fault is those who harm others under the name of religion yet who don't even know they're breaking their own tenets. Those are the living lost souls. Those are the Republicans who deny aid to those in need.
Life for most is too short. Yet for a growing number its far too long as they suffer every moment in poverty, sickness, joblessness and GOP-austerity. Their torment seems to never end exacerbated by seeing the stock market rise to record numbers while our the GOP denies aid to our poorest.
Wake up Congress. Join the world's 1.21 Billion Catholics who are being told to stop worshiping false idols of capitalism and let faith and charity lead the way. You may not become richer in money, but you will in humanity. Stop the GOP hate machine and do something positive -- for a change. The party of "no" must become the party of "no longer out of service."