The capitalism- hating, socialism-loving Vicar of the Roman Catholic Church had a message for young people from 115 countries livestreaming his plenary talk: it’s time to ditch capitalism so that we don’t kill the planet and each other.
The pontiff has been panegyric with his flattery and worshipful praise of mother Gaia and harsh in his criticism of capitalism throughout his rule, saying that fat people are the victims of capitalism, joined with pagans to worship a topless earth goddess, and said that fossil fuels are immoral and should be banned.
Speaking to young Catholic entrepreneurs on Saturday, the Pope said via a video conference that those listening were called to build up a “new normal” in the wake of the pandemic:
You showed a personal interest in identifying the crucial issues we are facing, and you did this from a particular perspective: that of the economy, which is your area of research, study and work. You recognize the urgent need for a different economic narrative, for a responsible realization that the present world system is certainly unsustainable from a number of points of view, and is harming our sister earth, so gravely maltreated and despoiled, together with the poor and the excluded in our midst.”
Francis called on attendees to take his message and spread it wide, to put it into practice and have a “concrete impact on cities and universities, workplaces and unions, businesses and movements, public and private offices, and to work with intelligence, commitment and conviction in order to reach the centers where ideas and paradigms are developed and decided.”
Saying that we can no longer have “privilege sectorial interests to the detriment of the common good” and that “It is not enough to increase the general fund of wealth and then distribute it more fairly. This is not enough. Nor is it enough to develop technology so that the earth may become a more fitting dwelling place for human beings, “Francis profers:
“The future will thus prove an exciting time that summons us to acknowledge the urgency and the beauty of the challenges lying before us. A time that reminds us that we are not condemned to economic models whose immediate interest is limited to profit and promoting favourable public policies, unconcerned with their human, social and environmental costs.”
Francis says that he’s confident that these young leaders and future citizenry will “recognize the urgent need for a different economic narrative” and he ends his message with this plea:
I ask you to recognize our need for one another in giving birth to an economic culture able “to plant dreams, draw forth prophecies and visions, allow hope to flourish, inspire trust, bind up wounds, weave together relationships, awaken a dawn of hope, learn from one another and create a bright resourcefulness that will enlighten minds, warm hearts, give strength to our hands, and inspire in young people.
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