Charles Hurt | Pope Francis threatens legacy of Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan

Charles Hurt, Washington Times:

Speaking under the hateful gaze of Che Guevara in Havana’s Plaza of the Revolution — a shrine to ruthless communism — Pope Francis scolded us to “serve people, not ideas.”

“Service is never ideological, for we do not serve ideas,” he said. “We serve people.”

What a quaint and beautiful concept to ponder here in this fallen world full of violent men who thirst for absolute power and feast on death, rape and slavery.

The remark was widely interpreted as a veiled rebuke of the totalitarian government of Cuba that violently rounds up people for expressing their opinions or exercising their religion. In prisons, these people rot and die.

However, there is no evidence that the pope actually intended to aim the rebuke at communist dictators. If anything, it is just as likely the rebuke was directed at free-market capitalism, which this pope has roundly and openly denounced as “the dung of the devil.”


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