It’s been said that Pope Francis is a Jesuit with the soul of a Franciscan. Many consider this combination to represent an ideal balance of reason and faith. My purpose in writing is not to comment on the nature of his faith. To do so would be impertinent of me. Rather, my purpose is to point out a tragic flaw in the quality of his reason.
This flaw is most evident in the Pope’s economic pronouncements. From my perspective, these pronouncements suggest that the light of reason in him is insufficient to illuminate what I regard as his socialist blind-spot.
I believe the Pope’s blind spot has distorted his moral vision vis-a-vis non-doctrinal, economic issues. His obvious preference for socialism over capitalism has indirectly contributed to a revival of the deadly, discredited theories of Karl Marx. Even worse, it has given aid and comfort to Marx’s post-modern disciples as they evangelize for the godless, cradle-to-grave welfare state.
The Pope’s dubious economic pronouncements have undermined the foundation of the Holy Catholic Church which God has entrusted to him. Wittingly or not, they have placed him in league with secular humanists the world over who would use the power of omnipotent, centralized government to destroy the religious freedom and individual liberty of their citizens.
In all humility, I urge Pope Francis to prayerfully revisit Jesus’s counsel that all those who would follow Him should “go, sell what you possess and give to the poor.” Unless I’m mistaken, nowhere does Sacred Scripture say such acts of individual charity should be replaced by Caesar’s seizure of the possessions of Jesus’s prospective followers for redistribution to the poor. He might consider whether such an interpretation truly reflects Jesus’s teachings.
History definitively establishes that the coercive, socialistic alternative to free enterprise capitalism reduces wealth creation in society. In this regard, the science is settled that wealth cannot be redistributed by government unless it is first created by individuals. This is why socialist policies always result in misery and poverty in abundance. It is the essence of Margaret Thatcher’s witticism that “the trouble with socialism is you always run out of other people’s money.”
My own reason and faith tell me that Pope Francis’s advocacy of socialism is antithetical to the Gospel spirit of true charity based upon love of mankind. They have convinced me that coerced “charity” in the form of government confiscation and redistribution of private wealth eliminates the Grace which always accompanies voluntary charitable acts. The resulting deficiency of God’s Grace in our fallen world, I am certain, is bad news for the Church but good news for Satan’s kingdom (ref. http://www.newguardsforliberty.com).