September 15, 2015

Here's what calling attention to the issue of poverty gets you on Uncle Rupert's so-called "business" network. Pope Francis, who has been regularly giving the right wing headaches these days as most of us here already know, did it again when he tied the issues of poverty and religious fundamentalism together: Fight fundamentalism by tackling poverty, urges Pope Francis :

Pope Francis has called for more religious tolerance and for fundamentalism to be tackled by relieving hunger, poverty and marginalisation, rather than by military interventions alone.

Speaking in the vast auditorium of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s palace in Ankara, he lauded Turkey for hosting large numbers of Syrian refugees, and reminded the international community of their “moral obligation” to help care for the almost 2 million Syrians currently living within Turkish borders.

The fourth pope to visit the largely Muslim country, Francis highlighted his commitment to dialogue with Muslims and other Christians at a time of increased violence against Christian and other minorities in the region, especially in Turkey’s neighbours Syria and Iraq, where Islamic State (Isis) militants have brutally persecuted Yazidis, Shia Muslims, Christians and others who do not agree with their radical interpretation of Sunni Islam. Many of the Iraqi and Syrian Christians who have fled their homes to escape the spread of Isis are currently living as refugees in Turkey.

Speaking at a joint press conference with Erdoğan, the pontiff underlined that it was “licit, while always respecting international law, to stop an unjust aggressor”, but added that military intervention would not bring sustainable peace to the region.

“What is required is a concerted commitment on the part of all, based on mutual trust, which can pave the way to lasting peace, and enable resources to be directed, not to weaponry, but to the other noble battles worthy of man: the fight against hunger and sickness, the promotion of sustainable development and the protection of creation, and the relief of the many forms of poverty and marginalisation, of which there is no shortage in the world today,” the pope said.

So of course Fox's resident wingnut "judge" had no choice but to attack him for it on their so-called Business Network's Varney & Co: Fox's Andrew Napolitano Calls Pope Francis A "Communist" And A "Marxist" For Linking European Refugee Crisis To Global Poverty:

NAPOLITANO: I am sighing because the Holy Father is a challenge for traditionalist Roman Catholics, of which I am one. Particularly, traditionalists who came of age under John Paul II and then under Benedict XVI. Who, though they had impulses that were not exactly Ayn Rand on capitalism, were far more into philosophy and theology, and far less into the economy ... This particular Pope, who has proclaimed himself a Peronist, is somewhere between a communist with a lowercase "c" and a Marxist with an uppercase "M." At the same time he is trying to be a Roman Catholic -- uppercase "R," uppercase "C."


The Pope is infallible on faith in morals. Thank God it is just limited to faith and morals because he is, he is -- he sounds like a left-wing professor at the London School of Economics when he blames the mass migration on economic inequality.

Meanwhile, the right's solution to everything is just to lob a few more bombs on someone's head, because we all know that's what will really make all of this chaos so much better.

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