Pope Benedict never should have left! Bring Back Ben!
The refugee crisis which was caused by terrorists and which includes non-refugees – terrorists and opportunists – taking advantage of the opportunities is really because of “the god of money” according to Pope Francis. The socio-economic system is unjust. In his encyclical Laudato Si, he said that he seeks a “cultural revolution” and a completely new economic system away that is governed globally and will not change with new administrations.
Vatican journalist Aura Miguel with Portugal-based Radio Renascença (Renaissance) Sept. 8 interviewed Pope Francis yesterday where he made his statements.
Pope Benedict was ousted too soon.
Pope Francis was asked how he was living with the refugee crisis:
This is the tip of the iceberg. We see these refugees, these poor people who are escaping from war, escaping from hunger, but that’s the tip of the iceberg. But underlying that is the cause, and the cause is a socio-economic system that is bad, unjust, because within an economic system, within everything, within the world, speaking of the ecological problem, within the socio-economic society, in politics, the person always has to be the center. And today’s dominant economic system has removed the person from the center, and at the center is the god of money. It’s the fashionable god today. I mean, there are statistics. I don’t remember very well, but — this is not exact and I could be making a mistake— 17% of the population has 80% of the wealth.
Read this exchange:
Miguel: And this exploitation of the riches of the poorest countries, in the near future, brings this result of all of these people who now want to come to Europe…
Pope Francis: Which is the same thing that happens in big cities. Why are “favelas” (shantytowns) formed in big cities?
Miguel: The criteria is the same…
Pope Francis: The same. It’s the people who come from the country because they have been deforested. They have made a mono-cultivation. They have no work, and they go to big cities.
Miguel: In Africa it’s the same…
He went on to talk about the weather and his extreme view of climate change as the cause of all our problems. Rich countries must pay for the poor countries. He condemned countries that won’t welcome all refugees and referred to xenophobia.
About the U.S.-Mexico border, he said:
Miguel: And also from Mexico to the United States…there is a phenomenon.
Pope Francis: The migratory phenomenon is a reality, but I wanted to touch on a theme which… without criticizing anyone, right? but when there is an empty space, people look to fill it. If a country doesn’t have children, migrants come to occupy that place. I think about the level of births in Italy, Portugal, and Spain. I think that it’s almost 0%. So, if there are no children, there are empty spaces. I mean, this not wanting to have children which, in part – it’s my interpretation, I don’t know if it’s correct – is a little bit the culture of “wellbeing,” no? I heard it in my own family, from my Italian cousins, years ago: “No, children no. We prefer to travel on vacations or buy a villa, or this or that.” And then, the elderly are left alone. I think that the great challenge of Europe is to return to being mother Europe…
Hopefully, he will keep saying absurd things so by the time he gets to New York, no one will listen. I’m probably going to Hell for that comment since I’m Catholic. He seems like a very nice person but his ideas border on delusional. He is basically saying what Obama says – terrorists need jobs – Capitalism is to blame. In his world individualism is narcissism, Capitalism is love of the god of money, and the planet if full of filth as a result.