“Just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.” This was a recent quote from Rush Limbaugh in reference to Pope Francis’ First Apostolic Exhortation. Limbaugh was obviously referring to the pope’s views on unfettered capitalism, even though the word “capitalism” is not mentioned anywhere in the pope’s exhortation. Francis was merely pointing out that free world markets should not be so free as to corrupt themselves at the expense of the poor.
The pope sees the wide gap between rich and poor. He warns that whenever we get caught up in our own self interests, “There is no longer room for others, no place for the poor.” The central message that Pope Francis conveys is that it is up to all of us to care for the less fortunate; the least among us. People should come before money.
In Limbaugh’s mind, he apparently thinks that Pope Francis should change Jesus’ message because it’s too liberal for him. Limbaugh should take note that charity is not communism. He obviously doesn’t understand Christianity or Marxism.