“He (Pope Francis) comes out of that traditional Franciscan ethos which is “the closer you are to the poor, the closer you are to God”. That is a particular, he’s a Jesuit, but that is a particular theological strain within the Catholic church and I think that very much describes where he is coming from. So, uh, reading between the lines, he’s asking for a kinder gentler system, for people to take into account the suffering global capitalism has inflicted by lifting up the voices of the poor. In the end, as far as I can tell, it’s about charity, it’s not about justice… he’s critiquing the excesses of the system and no where does he critique the system itself.’ Chris Hedges
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