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Pope demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

Pope Demands 'Legitimate Redistribution' Of Wealth


VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today.

Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week.

Latin America's first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity, though his predecessors have voiced similar concerns.

On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote a "worldwide ethical mobilization" of solidarity with the poor in a new spirit of generosity.

He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society."

Francis voiced a similar message to the World Economic Forum in January and in his apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel." That document, which denounced trickle-down economic theories as unproven and naive, provoked accusations in the U.S. that he was a Marxist.

Francis urged the U.N. to promote development goals that attack the root causes of poverty and hunger, protect the environment and ensure dignified labor for all.

"Specifically, this involves challenging all forms of injustices and resisting the economy of exclusion, the throwaway culture and the culture of death which nowadays sadly risk becoming passively accepted," he said.

Friday's audience came just days after the Holy See was battered in a second round of grilling by a U.N. committee over its record of handling priestly sex abuse. Neither the pope nor Ban spoke of the issue, but Francis referred to another topic at the U.N. hearings: the church's opposition to abortion. He called for respect for life "from conception to natural death" and his denunciation of the "culture of death" echoed previous papal exhortations against abortion.

During the meeting, Ban invited Francis to speak to the United Nations. The Vatican hasn't confirmed any such trip, but Francis is widely expected to visit the U.S. in September 2015 to participate in a church meeting on families in Philadelphia, making a U.N. stop then likely.


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Jack Parsons May 10 2014 at 9:20 AM

canada is already giving billions in assistance all over the world

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wmccars May 10 2014 at 9:59 AM

Vatican is loaded.Start selling off your weath.How much did it cost to cover for his sicko priests

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perorbailey May 10 2014 at 9:47 AM

Paraphrasing Dr. Albert Schweitzer
Catholicism is decaying because it has abandoned affirmation of and respect for life as its ethical foundation. "I AM LIFE WHICH WILLS TO LIVE, AND I EXIST IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WHICH WILLS TO LIVE."

"All other animals have more to fear from human population than any other environmental concern." Peter Beard

No injury to ANY of the life forms on Earth. That possibly could save civilization.

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Gilbert May 10 2014 at 5:35 AM

Maybe the Pope should practice what he preaches. As the richest Church in the world why not give all the gold, cash in the priceless art works and rare manuscripts that are currently locked in the Vatican's treasure vaults to the poor in the World? How is that for "redistribution"?

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Tammy Barnes Beard Gilbert May 11 2014 at 4:04 AM

How about How much money the Vatican is spending and has been for many many years trying to find Aliens.... better watch what's really going on in this world....

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Kevin Robinson May 10 2014 at 7:15 AM

I don't hold with any religion because they are all man made. I am not religious. I am spiritual. I believe it was the Catholic Church which introduced the 7 deadly sins in to this book. One is called gluttony. Hording is another form of gluttony. A museum is a way to horde THINGS!!! Things that sit there useless gathering dust. Hypocritical!!
I am, however, against redistribution and I'll tell you why. I have what I need and a little bit for wants. I give the rest away. I don't save it. My affairs are taken care of and then I help people. Tomorrow will take care of itself. The love of money is the root of all evil in this world. I don't want extra and I don't envy those who do. Greater are my rewards in the next life. I pity those who horde wealth. I just hope that people will see the way I live and see it as a witness to opening up their eyes and not following blindly. Test the waters. Learn. The smartest person knows how much he/she doesn't know. Thank you! :))

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Kevin Robinson Kevin Robinson May 10 2014 at 7:34 AM

"I just hope that people will see the way I live and see it as a witness to opening up their eyes and not follow blindly." Correction***

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john2clm May 10 2014 at 5:36 AM

He's way out of line on this one. The Pope should not be involved in politics with the
U.N. Who is he to decide what people do with money they obtained from knowledge
and hard work.

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Joe john2clm May 10 2014 at 6:05 AM

He should put the bible down and think like a Republican?

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John C May 10 2014 at 8:20 AM

Social Justice preached, but not practiced, rings hollow.

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teris205 May 10 2014 at 3:47 AM

The Catholic Church's wealth has benefitted billions of people, it has more than a billion members. Each district has priests, nuns, and other personel. It has thousands of schools all over the world, feeding programs- there are many people in capitalist countries with governments preaching what they dont practise-where many people would not eat were it not for the food programs of the Catholic Church. Many gays make complaints about the abuses of gay priests, but none about the abusiveness of gays in society toward male children. The orphans in many countries would not have sustenance without Catholic homes. Actually the Catholic Churches' money historically HAS been distributed. That a lot of scammers now may want it distributed specifically to THEM does not mean the Catholic Church does not serve its people and its purposes
much much better than most , if not ALL , of its critics.

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rrpatreilly teris205 May 10 2014 at 4:40 AM

What is so great about your assertion of the Church being so active in charities? That is their responsibility! This is why we give our earned money to the Church in the first place.

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perorbailey teris205 May 10 2014 at 10:00 AM

Piffle, one has been reading the news for many of the 85 years have lived, and can NOT remember any news of gays abusing young male children!

The Catholic Church is wealthy due to almost uncanny business practices. Think on it, the struggle for the control of birthing (by one animal only) the subjugation and control of territories, the establishment of colonies.

Read David E. Stannard's "American Holocaust"
All that death for GOLD and servitude?

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leearlenewiljr May 10 2014 at 1:05 AM

The problem is being a priest is not close to being an economist.

The church is a lot like socialism, actually a lot like slavery; you work and everything you win belongs to the church,; the church gives you what you need to live. That's a slave.

Governments do not redistribute wealth, not good governments. Totalitarian governments, yes. Everyone owns everything and as such, nobody own anything. The select few controlling, own and run everything.

Much like the Church.

No thanks.

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aljoramaggio leearlenewiljr May 10 2014 at 1:40 AM

"You work and everything you win belongs to the Church."
Are you a Scientologist, perchance?

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jcajunque May 10 2014 at 12:04 AM

Reading some of the posts here makes me realize what "lip service" means. Anyone calling themselve Christians should read the New Testament's first 4 books, beginning to end. Read what Jesus taught. Then consider that Christian menas follower of Christ. You either live it or stop calling yourselves Christians.

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