Let’s see if we can experience this in real time. Here’s the Roman Pontiff on income inequality and related issues (via Reuters):
In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked around the world on January 1, he also called for sharing of wealth and for nations to shrink the gap between rich and poor, more of whom are getting only “crumbs”.
“The grave financial and economic crises of the present time … have pushed man to seek satisfaction, happiness and security in consumption and earnings out of all proportion to the principles of a sound economy,” he said.
“The succession of economic crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic development and to a change in lifestyles,” he said.
I’m sympathetic to these arguments, but that’s not my point. I’m interested in the reaction to them from the likes of Pope William O’Reilly, of New York, and such. It’s hard, after all, to call the Francis I fat. It’s also hard to distort his arguments; lying about the Pope is bad, at least for Catholics.
So, here’s how we proceed: post fun reactions in comments.