The Pope, Trump and capitalism

On Friday Feb 17 Pope Francis spoke to a meeting of popular movements in California.His encouraging words need to be unpacked.

The direction taken beyond this historic turning point, the ways in which the worsening crisis gets resolved, will depend on people’s involvement and participation and largely on yourselves, the popular movements. Sooner or later, the moral blindness of this indifference comes to light, like when a mirage dissipates, the wounds are there, they are a reality. The unemployment is real, the violence is real, the corruption is real, the identity crisis is real, the gutting of democracies is real. I know you have committed yourselves to fight for social justice, to defend our sister Mother Earth, and to stand alongside migrants. I want to reaffirm your choice,” he wrote.
Yes , taking to the streets is a good, a necessary mobilization Francis says.

Is he referring to the fake populism of Trump. Doubtlessly.

Matthew Fox:

We all have to wake up. Young people have to get away from their addictions to the social media, and realize that this is serious business, politics and life itself. And we’ve got to stand up and be counted.

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How can people duped by Trump really believe the billionaire has their interests at heart? Are they too wounded and betrayed by the Democratic Party to fall for the narcissist?Many are.

Capitalism with its power to confuse people, divert their energies, accept the status quo of dramatic inequality is the real enemy here.
Pope Francis:

 
The economic system that has the god of money at its center, that sometimes acts with the brutality of the robbers in the parable, inflicts injuries, that to a criminal degree, have remained neglected. Globalized society frequently looks the other way, with the pretense of innocence, under the guise of what is politically correct, or ideologically fashionable. One looks at those who suffer, without touching them.

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Where are the Catholics in this equation? 52% of US Catholics fell for Trump.

 
The leadership is nowhere. It has turned inward, placed the church not the kingdom at the center of their lives. The right wing JP ll/Ratzinger bishops have betrayed the gospel and short circuited the renovation movement of Vatican ll. This has left a huge hole in the institution. Many progressives have left disgusted by the right wing turn and the ecclesial coverup of the pedophilia scandal.

Add to this the local church is operating out of a charity not a justice model, presided over by many foreign born priests who do not bring a progressive theology to bear on issues of social justice, ecology and gross inequality. This is the dilemma of many good priests who have to deal with this situation. many of their allies have left the church so they battle on. God bless them! Meanwhile the Pope is left to fend off attacks from within by disgruntled appointees of the last two reactionary papacies.

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1 Comment »

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    mushafta Says:

    This is another great post Ted!
    Bravo for Schmidt the journalist with the penchant for justice and the spread of the real gospel, not the gospel of prosperity.

    Mike Pence- what a failed evangelist standing as pall bearer beside a complete misfit propagandist clown.

    We are going on a roller coaster ride with no speed limits with this Trump administration now fully engaged.

    Francis, despite his conservative views on women and ordination, etc. is still the only clear sighted shepherd with any moral leadership on the world stage.

    When non attending church people like the famous Dennis Edney lawyer representing Omar Kadre sing the praises of Francis that’s a good sign! Edney often quotes Francis’ views on prisoners rights in courts of law. A remarkable pope acclaimed by so many non theists! No wonder Burke the so called Cardinal challenges his authenticity.

    Capitalism is dead, but the Trump circus has yet to get it. The institutional church is not too far behind. All the Roman rubrics and laws serve the system rather than the sinners and the one guy in Rome who gets it is the Argentinian that no one thought would get in.


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