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  •  The referenced document sets his agenda (3+ / 0-)
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    wasatch, SuWho, ruellia

    as per a link given above:
    http://www.theguardian.com/...

    Pope Francis has attacked unfettered capitalism as "a new tyranny", urging global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality in the first major work he has authored alone 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, Francis went further than previous 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. "Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order 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," Francis wrote in the document issued on Tuesday.

    It's a start and a good one. Let me repeat that block quote from the body of the diary:
    http://www.vatican.va/...
    I. SOME CHALLENGES OF TODAY’S WORLD [52-75]

    No to an economy of exclusion [53-54]
    No to the new idolatry of money [55-56]
    No to a financial system which rules rather than serves [57-58]
    No to the inequality which spawns violence [59-60]

    I'm a Vietnam Era vet. I'm also an Erma Bombeck Era vet. When cussing me out and calling me names please indicate which vet you would like to respond to your world changing thoughts.

    by Just Bob on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 07:11:29 AM PST

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    •  Demanding other people change is *very* (1+ / 0-)
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      Fishtroller01

      easy.

      Let's see how it goes when he seeks to reform the Vatican Bank.

      Do you remember how that went for the last pope to try it?

      "I read New republic and Nation/I've learned to take every view.." P. Ochs

      by JesseCW on Fri Nov 29, 2013 at 07:15:35 AM PST

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