Pope Francis: “Helping the Poor Isn’t Communism, It’s Gospel”

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— I always have felt the disapproval of so many fellow
conservatives/Christians because of my strong hope that we will
be our brother’s keeper, even if this involves
a certain amount of economic redistributionism. I feel somewhat
vindicated and defended by some of Pope Francis’ recent statements. But even
the founder of modern capitalist theory, Adam Smith,
favored a graduated income tax (Wealth of Nations, 1776).

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Pope Francis on “the God of Mercy:”
“Helping the Poor Isn’t Communism, It’s Gospel”

Francis lays out case for mercy
and helping the poor
in 1st book as pope

The Daily Walk with Love (Link points to Home page and blog), republished June 22, 2020, by Paul Evans. I keep on republishing this article because I identify with Pope Francis and keep hoping against hope that some of you rich folks might pay attention. Parts of the article are a little dated, but Francis’ loving and caring message shines through it all. Video is Casting Crowns – Who Am I courtesy of jkstar09 and YouTube. Brothers and Sisters, Peace, Love, Understanding, Toleration, Acceptance and Forgiveness: Let us TRULY Love God and Love Our Neighbors as Ourselves, without Prejudice or Hypocrisy! As is written: “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:” (courtesy of The Official King James Bible Online, Proverbs 3:3). “Dedicated to the “little guys” – the common man – around the world.

This is an important article I have republished a couple of times, so a small part of the documentation is outdated. Still, the major points I wanted to make are covered well, I think.

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See Pope Francis on “the God of Mercy”, recently on The Daily Walk with Love, by Paul Evans.

See America’s Jubilee: We Are In a Bad Depression Right Now & Political Dynamite is About to Ensue, The Daily Walk with Miracles, March 22, 2018, by Paul Evans: “Here is much evidence, supported by major players in the market, facts, resources, and documentation, that the whole world, especially western nations, are on the verge of economic collapse. Some 78 percent of Americans now live paycheck to paycheck. It’s gotten so bad, 73% of Americans now die with debt… with an average total of more than $61,000! A Jubilee is the only thing which has been thought of which might fix it. And don’t think you’ve got yourself covered with sufficient god, either: In 1932 FDR confiscated all privately held gold for pennies on the dollar.

The Pope on Social Justice

Paul Evans: I always felt the disapproval of so many fellow conservatives/Christians because of my strong hope that we will be our brother’s keeper, even if this involves a certain amount of economic redistributionism. I feel somewhat vindicated and defended by some of Pope Francis’ recent statements, such as today’s Epiphany message:

Keep in mind that even Adam Smith, the founder of modern capitalist economic theory, in his book “Wealth of Nations,” (1776, see advertisement from Amazon.com – hey what a great price!) felt that the rich among us should pay taxes not only in an equal measure to their wealth, but in “something more than in proportion.” This is the basis of a progressive taxation system, right? I personally would, as does the Reform Party, have a “fair and flat tax,” but one which is somewhat progressive. It would be something like 15 to 16 percent, plus two five percent bumps way up high in income. In this way the poor would be more cared for, and we could do this, pay for all our entitlement spending and not even have any annual debt. Isn’t this, in economic terms, the essence of “loving our neighbor as ourselves,” (economically)? How isn’t it? I invite discussion, please leave a comment. Isn’t a caring, sharing society what “compassionate conservatives,” and “Independents,” if we are truly honest with ourselves, should really support, IF we are true Christians? Why not?

See Pope on Epiphany: Don’t Let Money, Career Be Your Whole Life, NewsMax, January 7, 2018, by AP:

During a homily at Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, Francis said people “often make do” with having “health, a little money and a bit of entertainment.” He urged people to help the poor and others in need of assistance, giving freely without expecting anything in return.

Some relevant Bible verses are Acts 2: 44-46 — 44 “And all that believed were together, and had all things common; 45And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 46And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. In other words, most Christians are conservative economically, while most of those who favor a redistributionist, sharing society are either Satanic or nonbelievers. But here in Acts 2: 44-46, we see strong evidence that the early church shared their possessions, too. This is however NOT any indication about the means of production, which in those days were quite primitive. I would die to stop Big “C” Communism (Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Maoism) from being established in the United States. However I believe with all my heart that we need to build a more caring, sharing society, and to do so pragmatically and intelligently. Democrats, however, all too often, seem to think we must just throw more money at any perceived need. We need new solutions and a more creative outlook. At one point in 2000, Obama wanted to funnel all the entitlement money through the churches, who know far more than faceless bureaucrats who need what where. There is absolutely no need for the poverty around us or around the world. Jesus would be appalled. So far as I can see, His reaction might be that written in Matthew 7: 22-23 (YouTube video), “Depart From Me, I Never Knew You

See Pope Francis: To Care for the Poor is Not Communism, It is the Gospel, America: The National Catholic Review, January 11, 2015, by Gerard O’Connell:

A new book on the social teaching of the first Jesuit pope has just arrived in bookstores in Italy. “Papa Francesco. Questa economia uccide” (Pope Francis: This economy kills) is the title of the book co-authored by Andrea Tornielli, the coordinator of Vatican Insider, and Giacomo Galeazzi, the Vatican correspondent for the Italian daily, La Stampa. (I am a sometime contributor to Vatican Insider.)

The 228-page book written in Italian (published by Edizioni Piemme Spa Milano) brings together and analyzes Francis’ talks, writings and other interventions on the economy, poverty, immigration, social justice and the protection of creation. One chapter summarizes his talks and actions in this broad area before he became pope, but most of his interventions come from the period since his election as Bishop of Rome on 13 March 2013.

See Pope Francis Challenges Elite on Poverty, U.S. News and World Report, January 21, 2014, by Tim Risen.

See For Working People, Free Music57 + politics, by Paul Evans.

See Problems in Artificial Intelligence: AI and Tyranny, February 16, 2016, by Paul Evans: It seems that very likely, the elite rich don’t want nuclear winter, although they DO have two underground facilities built in the Blue Ridge and near Camp David. Very likely they and their allies, all those who have been brainwashed by the matrix of TV and the internet, who are essentially walking automatons unles they WAKE UP, WANT TO REPLACE us “ordinary folks” with robots as they have in Amazon.com’s warehousing. Robots are cheaper to maintain and easier to control than humans. How evil is that? Satan must be working overtime with the ruling elite, who already own 95 percent of the wealth of the world, and aren’t satisfied to let us “ordinary folk” know the truth or even have any life at all. However, this is NOT any kind of established fact. A CNet article I recently read claimed that Microsoft envisioned a future society in which 87 percent of us would be in the “leisured class.” The point is that us peons really don’t know, and common sense calls us to be vigilant, since the potential for abuse in artificial intelligence technology is great. Please read this article to understand better.

On earth today, we have too many people now to go on as we had. We MUST build a caring, sharing society from the ashes that remain. Even if it takes a revolution. Or else, I feel prophetically, we may face nuclear winter or replacement from the evil of the super-rich by robots.

Obama and Rothschild as Caring,
God-Fearing Men We Should Trust

I am revealing to any Anonymous or Christian folk that read this that President Obama, as well as Lord Jacob Rothschild [(who has been mercilessly slandered but is a fine Jewish man, and only worth a few billion, (even if he does investment banking) and a philanthropist)] ARE in fact “with” the ordinary folks. Obama still is the same man who gave up multi-millions in law firm job offers to work with the unemployed of South Chicago. A leopard does not change its spots. And Rothschild too is with us, he alone in the 13 ruling families is a decent, God-fearing man and will help us. We may have to have a bit of a revolution now, so God help us all. Perhaps if Obama were to nationalize the banks, or we elect Donald Trump, this might be avoided.

I HONESTLY feel I have often been deluded about politics in tha past. I feel that Donald Trump is a man of the people a pragmatist who will do what’s right. And America is the ONLY developed western nation without nationalized banks. These “banksters” — the leaders, who happen to be Jewish — are terribly greedy and basically terribly evil. This applies to some of the banks and major investment banks, but EVEN IF we did not nationalize them, a small per-trade tax would equalize the playing field for the small and larger investers right? You can’t make “program trading illegal” but you CAN by a tiny tax per transaction basically STOP the program trading, and that is exactly what Donald Trmp proposes to do. Did you know that through their greed in mortgages and derivatives, the investment banks, USING YOUR MONEY, have us with $127 TRILLION in basically un-fixable debts (“unfunded liabilities”). The banks desperately don’t want you to know that, either. If Obama nationalizes the banks, you’ll know why, and so for God’s sake, I call on all Christians to support the President.

Understanding God’s Love

See Pope Francis: when you say ‘love,’ do you really know what it means?, Catholic News Agency, January 8, 2015, by Elise Harris:

“When we have something on our mind and we want to ask God to forgive us, it’s He who is waiting for us – to forgive us,” the Pope said, explaining that the current Jubilee of Mercy is a means of being assured that “our Lord is waiting for us, each one of us,” not as people say we must be, but just as we are.

The reason, he said, is “to embrace us. Nothing more. To say to us: son, daughter, I love you. I let my Son be crucified for you: this is the price of my love, this is the gift of my love.”

Again, for this is crucial, Pope Francis then noted how God is waiting for us to open the doors of our hearts to him, and said that we must have the certainty that God waits for us as we are, not as we are told we ought to be.

See God’s Love, Free Music57.com, November 22, 2015, by “anonymous.”

Yahoo News’ Associated Press coverage really reaches me. See Francis lays out case for mercy in 1st book as pope, AP on Yahoo News, January 10, 2016, by Nicole Winfield:

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent over self-righteous moralizers who don’t.

In the book, Francis condemns what he calls the “scholars of law” — the doctrinaire-minded rigorists who throughout the history of the church have challenged Jesus’ message of unconditional love and mercy for even the most wretched of sinners. He says often these self-righteous Christians are hypocrites themselves, using the law to hide their own “deep wounds.”

Pope Francis News

FEEL the humble faith of Pope Francis: See POPE FRANCIS: ‘I AM A SINNER IN NEED OF GOD’S MERCY — I DESERVE TO BE IN PRISON’, Inquistr, January 10, 2016, by John Thomas Didymous:

In a new book — the first of his papacy — titled, “The Name of God is Mercy,” (Amazon.com book purchase page) Pope Francis focuses on the theme of mercy in Christian doctrine as he discusses the challenges facing the Church in the twenty-first century. He emphasizes that the Church is not meant to condemn the sinner but bring her to God’s mercy. He calls on the Church to stop ostracizing gays and divorcees but instead share the gospel of “God’s infinite mercy.”

For a “dissident” voice from the left on Pope Francis’ new book and the Catholic Church’s progress in social justice see The Name of God Is Mercy review – mixed messages from the pope, The Guardian, January 10, 2014, by Peter Stanford.

Coming Up: The pope is going to Mexico. The Mexicans promise 10,000 police will be out to guard his safety. See Pope Francis: Will you have tequila for me when I’m in Mexico?, Religion News Service, January 8, 2016, by Rosie Scammell:

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis’ visit to Mexico next month is supposed to be more of a pilgrimage than a spring break, but a viral video of the pontiff joking about tequila with a Mexican man in St. Peter’s Square captures the voluble enthusiasm that is likely to greet the first Latin American pontiff.

Interested in getting to know the Pope in a more personal way? Check out and consider purchasing A Year with Pope Francis: Daily Reflections from His Writiings, Paulist Press, paperback, $4.95.

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Proverbs 13:7 – There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing:
there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.
(King James version)

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