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Limbaugh, Leahy and The Pope

Limbaugh, The Pope, MP Leahy
Rush Limbaugh took a lot of heat for his remark that the Pope was “ripping America” and “ripping capitalism” and that consequently President Obama was “having an orgasm.”

Rush’s remarks came after President Obama cited the pontiff while talking about his latest effort to turn America into a socialist paradise by eliminating “economic inequality.”

“Some of you may have seen just last week, the pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length,” Obama said, citing the pope’s written remarks from the previous week.

The left was quick to condemn Limbaugh’s remarks in a manufactured controversy reminiscent of the now-forgotten Sandra Fluke war on women affair.

And of course the Left’s new-found respect for Catholic teachings doesn’t extend to other core elements of the Catholic faith, like the right to life, also mentioned prominently in the Pope’s November 24, 2013, “Apostolic Exhortation” Evangelii Guadium, or in English, "The Joy of the Gospel."

Evangelii Guadium is an important document for any Christian to read and ponder, and the section on “economic inequality” is only a small, but admittedly important part of the exhortation calling Christians to preach – and live – the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

The Limbaugh (and other conservative commentators we might add) versus the Pope affair on “economic inequality” did generate a very useful question within the Catholic Church and within American national security circles, “Does this mean Pope Francis supports the discredited ‘liberation theology’ calling for socialist revolution, especially in Latin America where he’s from?” 

The answer, according to an incisive article by Breitbart’s Michael Patrick Leahy, is “NO.” 

Leahy cited Vatican sources as saying that the Pope is likely to soon offer a "clarification" of his comments on economics.  Although the timing of such a "clarification" is uncertain, it is likely to come in the form of a speech to a group rather than in a formal papal document.

Leahy’s source told him that “key figures at the Vatican” are already discussing the problems caused by the document's confused and inconsistent forays into economic policy. As Breitbart News has reported, the use of language consistent with Latin American "liberation theology" in that document has had a significant impact on the political dialogue in the United States over the past ten days.

Leahy notes that the left has grabbed several passages from the document and described them as a rejection of free market economics and an endorsement of the statist redistributive policies of the Obama administration. Some on the left have used the Pope's word as a justification for the Occupy Wall Street movement.

However, defenders of the Pope have pointed out that economics, though it received almost all of the press coverage, was a small part of the document, most of which focused on a new call to evangelization. They portray him not as a "liberation theologist," but a rather as more of a "right wing Peronist" from Argentina whose economic views have been formed by a life time spent in a country run by crony-capitalists, dictators, and oligarchs.

Perhaps most importantly, Leahy reveals that the original version of Evangelii Guadium was apparently written in Spanish, then translated into English by someone at the Vatican. There have been some reports that the translation took the Pope's original language and mistranslated parts of it to give a more "liberation theology" friendly feel to the document.

Though, according to Leahy, those translation errors appear to mostly be a matter of nuance, at least one mistranslation in the much quoted paragraph 54 appears to incorrectly cast the Pope as aligned with "liberation theology." As the blogger Father Z first pointed out, the original Spanish version was not a complete rejection of "trickle-down" economics, as the translated English version was.

The Spanish version of paragraph 54 read:

En este contexto, algunos todavía defienden las teorías del «derrame», que suponen que todo crecimiento económico, favorecido por la libertad de mercado, logra provocar por sí mismo mayor equidad e inclusión social en el mundo.

The official English version of paragraph 54 read:

In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world.

Father Z notes that the original  "por sí mismo"  means "by itself" in English rather than "inevitably" as the official English translation reads. 

Rather than a complete rejection of the free market, Leahy contends that Pope Francis's Spanish original could be read, as a defense of free markets with heavy involvement by private charity.

Taken from that perspective, far from supporting Obama, one could just as well take the Pope’s remarks to mean that the Tea Party is right and there should be none of the Wall Street bailouts, crony green energy programs and no-bid contracts let to Democratic donors that have characterized the Obama rule in Washington. 

It is worth remembering that the delegates to the 2012 Democratic National Convention actually booed when God was mentioned during the Convention and the vote to put God back in the Democratic platform actually lost and had to be phonyed-up to pass. 

Obama’s use of the Pope’s words to justify his socialist income redistribution schemes is another demonstration of just how cynical Obama and his secular liberal allies are. To them Christianity isn’t a wholly formed worldview with salvation through Jesus Christ at the center, it is merely a smorgasbord to which they can belly up once in a while to choose a few morsels that support their agenda.

You can read Michael Patrick Leahy's article "SOURCE: POPE FRANCIS LIKELY TO OFFER 'CLARIFICATION' TO DISTANCE HIMSELF FROM LIBERATION THEOLOGY" on Brietbart News by clicking the link.

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Obama and the Pope

Interesting, but I have to get back, so say hello to the hatter and the queen for me. Only in wonderland would you find a socialist who hires and uses all the Goldman Sachs alums and tries to pressure Congress to fast track TPP. Wake up! He's just another "supply sider," like Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush, "twiddle dumb, twiddle dumber, twiddle dumberer, etc."


Ummm, I seem to recall my Latin teacher saying it was Gaudium, as in the old song, "Gaudete. Gaudete. Christus est natus ex Maria virgine. Gaudete"

All your claims of impending American socialism are BS

I'm really tired of the conservatives acting like greedy corporate politicians like Barack Obama are somehow socialists intent on doing away with capitalism. It is ridiculous, it is cartoonish, and it is part of the reason the right is out of power these days. Your movement is in a sorry state because you spend so much time on nonsense like this. Hard to take you seriously, and it highlights why exactly you are out of power and not supported by many, many American voters. Come back to reality and you might start winning elections again. Reagan beat the liberals by treating them like what they are... liberals, not socialists.