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12-06-2013, 08:32 PM
Tom Woods vs. Pope Francis on Capitalism, Free Markets (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjho2lhKZnE)

Tom Woods Show (http://www.tomwoodsradio.com/)
Dec. 6, 2013


I talked about the economic passages of Evangelii Gaudium (http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/francesco/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium_en.html) on my podcast today. I’ve discussed issues like this at great length before, particularly in my 2005 book The Church and the Market (http://tinyurl.com/l7p3anr). But I devoted an episode to this because I have been receiving quite a few messages via Facebook and this site from people who were interested in my thoughts.

When I noted on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/thomasewoods) that I was going to discuss the Pope’s attacks on markets, I was told by at least one person that this was the media’s misleading spin on the Pope’s views. But read the document for yourself. He is indeed criticizing markets. I did not make this up.

There is an unfortunate, if understandable, tendency on the part of some conservative Catholics to pretend, when the scandalous statement of the month emerges from the Vatican, that the popes are being misinterpreted by the media, that they didn’t mean what they clearly did mean, etc. These Catholics attribute thoughts to the post-Vatican II popes that those men did not have.

Another interesting item: there are some conservative Catholics who cannot abide any criticism whatever of any pope, including the implied criticism that accompanies the decision to attend the traditional Latin Mass. (These people had to tie themselves in knots to deal with Pope Benedict XVI’s criticism of the way the liturgical reform had been instituted; why, these were arguments that they had spent their lives criticizing liturgical traditionalists for making, and now a pope was echoing them!) Pope Francis himself dealt with these people just weeks ago when he personally telephoned traditional Catholic journalist Mario Palmaro, who had been fired from Catholic broadcaster Radio Maria for criticizing him, to explain that it was “important” for him to hear criticism.

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The Church and the Market: A Catholic Defense of the Free Economy (http://tinyurl.com/l7p3anr)
Thomas E. Woods Jr., 2005