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Audio: Sirico Responds to Rush Limbaugh on Pope Francis, ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

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Rush Limbaugh kicked up some controversy over the past week with his analysis of Pope Francis’ Evangelii Gaudium:

…the pope here has now gone beyond Catholicism here, and this is pure political.  I want to share with you some of this stuff.

“Pope Francis attacked unfettered capitalism as ‘a new tyranny’ and beseeched global leaders to fight poverty and growing inequality, in a document on Tuesday setting out a platform for his papacy and calling for a renewal of the Catholic Church. … In it, Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system, attacking the ‘idolatry of money.'”

I gotta be very careful.  I have been numerous times to the Vatican.  It wouldn’t exist without tons of money.  But regardless, what this is, somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him.  This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.  Unfettered capitalism?  That doesn’t exist anywhere.  Unfettered capitalism is a liberal socialist phrase to describe the United States.  Unfettered, unregulated.

You can read his complete critique at the link above. The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Satellite Radio responded by calling upon Acton President Rev. Robert A. Sirico to provide a critique of Limbaugh’s statements. You can listen to that interview via the audio player below:

Marc Vander Maas


  • John Barbieri

    Rush Limbaugh is a bully and a blowhard. Why would anyone care about his comments?

    • Chris

      No, he’s not. He’s 99.7% right … this was just one of the other 0.3%. He didn’t understand the Pope, and probably just read brief press distortions of the actual ‘exhortation.’

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  • muscledoc

    Rush’s net worth is over $370 Million and that he would get offended by Pope Francis’ sage words is testimony that he is still a drug addict – he is unmanageable. He is off the chain. He is not worth the tea in china.