I was raised in a Catholic household and was required to attend catechism from grades 1 through 12. I am now a recovering Catholic and I am disgusted not necessarily by Catholicism but by its leadership.
Over the years I have had many disagreements with much of what I heard from the pulpit on Sunday and it has been one of the reasons I have been absent.
I recently tried to attend Mass but found myself rolling my eyes and getting quite agitated. This was my first attempt at attending after many years and I found myself having to endure a priest going on a gun rant.
He went on and on exposing his ignorance on the subject of guns (he kept saying automatic weapons when what he meant was semi-autos) and gun violence. He went on to suggest that “automatic weapons” be banned.
After the service, I made the comment to a couple of friends that I come to church for the priests theological expertise, not his obviously uneducated opinion on the topic of guns or any other subject for that matter.
And now the Pope. For a guy who walks around with a smoking purse and wears head gear that looks like a dunce cap; he thinks himself an expert in economics. In his New Years address he made a statement denouncing “unregulated capitalism” and he called for a new economic model, highlighting the inequality between the rich and the poor.
Earlier in his homily, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Roman Catholics decried “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor“.
He also denounced “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression [in] unregulated capitalism, various forms of terrorism and criminality“.
In his full message for the peace day, the pope called for a new economic model and ethical regulations for markets, saying the global financial crisis was proof that capitalism does not protect society’s weakest members.
He also warned that food insecurity was a threat to peace in some parts of the world and strongly reaffirmed the Church’s opposition to gay marriage.
This guy has some gall. He lives in his own city, in an incredibly decadent palace, and everything he has, has been paid for by poor little old ladies who think they can buy their way into heaven. I think the proper word here is hypocrite. ENORMOUS HIPOCRITE!
He ignores the fact that capitalism (true capitalism) is responsible for bringing more people out of poverty that any other economic system in the history of the world. Even communist China has seen the light and has adopted capitalism.
Maybe the Pope is like my priest who doesn’t know the difference between a semi-automatic weapon and an automatic weapon. He doesn’t know the difference between true capitalism and “crony capitalism” also known as corruption.
In any case, the Pope just like my priest should stick to theology and otherwise keep his mouth shut. Maybe it really is a dunce cap.