Once again Pope Francis feeds anti-capitalist ammo to his leftist enemies, who, lately, have been hanging on every word that can possibly be quoted or misquoted as "anti-capitalism" and/or anti-Western. Nearly every Bing hit for this story has him saying "capitalism is the dung of the devil".
The Daily Caller, one of very few exceptions, quotes the pope precisely and concludes:
(1) the first world, where poverty is least prevalent and justice, democracy and freedom most prevalent got that way in no small measure thanks to free market capitalism. Furthermore, nowhere in the first world is capitalism "unbridled". It is very bridled, and in most cases too bridled.
(2) all the third world hell-holes on the planet (many of them very Catholic, by the way) are suffering from grinding poverty, injustice and lack of freedom because they are subject to unbridled totalitarianism, unbridled socialism and/or unbridled dictatorship. Why doesn't Pope Francis speak up against these evils? If he had half a clue, he would.Get a grip, Francis! Those leftists who love to quote your careless rhetoric are not your friends. In fact most are at best indifferent (many are hostile) to religion and not a few despise the Catholic Church in particular. And, encouraging them like this will lead to more poverty and suffering in the world, not less.
Update: I particularly liked this comment in the NP article, from EarlP
... His failure to understand the good that has been done in the world by capitalists and capitalism, actually leaves him in the position of becoming a useful id#ot (as Lenin might have said) for those opposed to the promotion and expansion of liberty and democracy.
We need a little more John Paul II, and a lot less Hugo Chavez from this Pope.