Pope Francis: Is he politically Left or Right?

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As Pope Francis makes his visit to the United States, one might ask themselves whether his trip is a political one or not. If we look to the secular media, it would seem that the Pope is endorsing the left leaning political movement. I find it interesting that, on his flight to Washington D.C., the Pope had to come out and say that he is not a liberal. And he is quite right (pardon the pun) in saying that. The Pope is neither liberal or conservative in the sense of being political. He is simply standing up for Jesus and his teachings, and especially with respect for the poor.

The liberal might say that Pope Francis leans to the left on issues of global warming, environment damage control, redistribution of wealth, etc. But the conservative will point to his stance in regards to the sanctity of life (against abortion), pro marriage (1 man and 1 woman) and family, etc.

The Pope has been given the promise from God that in areas concerning “faith and morals,” he will be kept from speaking in error. That doesn’t mean that the Pope has all the answers to how we go about accomplishing certain goals with regards to things such as environmental concerns and lifting up the poor. He can state his opinion on what method to accomplish certain goals, but it might not be the best. For instance:

The Poor of our society
It could be said that Pope Francis seems to be blaming capitalism for many of the problems of the poor. Is that the teaching of the Church? I would venture to say not exactly. Unbridled capitalism left unchecked would be a problem, but we all know that the United States does not practice this type. In fact, we are overwhelmed with regulation that constrains capitalism. The United States puts in laws that help give everyone a chance to succeed, unlike Communism or socialism. Capitalism may not be perfect, but history shows that it is the best method of raising the poor out of poverty. Here’s a quote from a Thomas Sowell column:

“As distinguished economic historian David S. Landes put it, ‘The world has never been a level playing field.’ But which has a better track record of helping the less fortunate — fighting for a bigger slice of the economic pie, or producing a bigger pie?

In 1900, only 3 percent of American homes had electric lights but more than 99 percent had them before the end of the century. Infant mortality rates were 165 per thousand in 1900 and 7 per thousand by 1997. By 2001, most Americans living below the official poverty line had central air conditioning, a motor vehicle, cable television with multiple TV sets, and other amenities.
A scholar specializing in the study of Latin America said that the official poverty level in the United States is the upper middle class in Mexico. The much criticized market economy of the United States has done far more for the poor than the ideology of the left (Thomas Sowell, The Left has it’s Pope).”

Pope Francis is neither advocating for a  “left or right” political agenda. He is trying to bring the message of Jesus Christ and asking that all countries continue to do a better job of seeking that end through love of neighbor. Some countries are having better success than others. As for the United States, it can claim the best record of doing just that. America is the most generous nation on the planet, takes in more refuges than all other nations combined and has helped spread freedom to a world filled with oppression. It also has the best record by far with regards to the environment.

So, I think Pope Francis is reaching out to everyone, no matter who they are and where they live. He actually lives out what he preaches with regards to the poor of the world’s society. For instance, instead of eating lunch with the congressmen on capital hill after his speech to congress in Washington D.C. today, he ate lunch with low-income and homeless people at a Catholic Charities. At the lunch, the pope arrived and waded through the crowd, raising his hands and wishing those assembled: “Buon appetito!”

Until next time, God bless.

5 thoughts on “Pope Francis: Is he politically Left or Right?

  1. This Abomination pope Francis is a muslim brotherhood member and sympathizer, he is Anti-Capitalism / Anti-Democracy / Anti-Christian and Jewish People / Anti-Israel-Yisrael / Anti-Zionism!!

    Our True GOD who art in HEAVEN and HIS SON JESUS ( YESHUA ) CHRIST is KING of kings, LORD of lords, HE is the ALPHA and OMEGA, the FIRST and the LAST, HE is the BEGINNING and the END, HALLELUJAH!!

    Our True GOD’S LOVE is from HEAVEN ABOVE FOREVERMORE through HIS SON JESUS ( YESHUA ) CHRIST!!

    Am Yisrael Chai Forevermore Israel-Yisrael!! Shalom ( Peace ) Always Everyone!!

    Love Always and Shalom,

    Kristi

    • By your comment I gather you are against the leader of Jesus Christ’s Church he established. With that said, you seem to have an un-Christian attitude yourself. To claim Pope Francis to be a member of the “muslim brotherhood” underscores that description. Sorry you feel that way.
      I will pray for you.

  2. So sorry!! I am a Devout Christian Conservative Patriot in our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America!!

    The pope Francis thinks Global Warming aka Climate Change is a dangerous / he thinks Capitalism is evil!!

    Our True GOD who art in HEAVEN CONTROLS the WEATHER ( UNIVERSE ) and the EARTH from HEAVEN ABOVE!!

    Our Judeo-Christian Nation United States of America was Built on Capitalism and the HOLY BIBLE!!

    Our True GOD who art in HEAVEN said “As it is written, There is none RIGHTEOUS, no not one:” ( Romans 3:10 KJV )!!

    Our True GOD’S LOVE is from HEAVEN ABOVE FOREVERMORE through HIS SON Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ! Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ SAVED my life more than once!!

    I was born Disabled with my Sternum bone fused to my Backbone, my entire ribcage was rebuilt in 1965 when I was five years old!! I have two Ruptured Disks in my back at C5-C6 in my neck, and a really bad one at L4-L5 in my lower back!!

    So, I believe in Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ as my Saviour and KING of kings!!

    I love you all Everyone through our True GOD who art in HEAVEN Jesus ( Yeshua ) Christ!!

    Love Always and Shalom,

    Kristi

    • Only UNBRIDLED capitalism is evil. Pope Leo XIII wrote in the late 19th century that socialism is wrong (the encyclical “Rerum Novarum”). There is nothing inherently immoral about owning things. The problem arises when we make money and things our god.
      Regarding the environment, the American secular press likes to focus on the small part of Pope Francis’ message which appears to side with the liberal point of view. Actually, it’s much broader than that. In any event, while we Catholics should take seriously what he says, we also know that popes are only true experts when it comes to issues of faith and morals.

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