Pope Francis delivered a video message to participants in the 7th World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking, decrying the barbaric practice, while also laying the blame for its propagation on capitalism.
It’s not the first time the Marxist pontiff has made claims critical of the most biblical economic system. He previously said its time to ditch capitalism so that we don’t kill the planet and each other, and has publicly voiced his support for Universal Basic Income, writing:
God asks us to dare to create something new. We cannot return to the false securities of the political and economic systems we had before the crisis. We need economies that give to all access to the fruits of creation, to the basic needs of life: to land, lodging, and labor…
I believe it is time to explore concepts like the universal basic income (UBI), also known as ‘the negative income tax:’ an unconditional flat payment to all citizens, which could be dispersed through the tax system.
While offering a prayer for the victims of human trafficking and praising the courage of those who battle against it, he also took some shots at his favorite punching bag, explaining that rather than having an economic model that has the “courage to combine legitimate profit with the promotion of employment and decent working conditions” we have capitalism, which does neither.
An economy without human trafficking is an economy with market rules that promote justice, not exclusive special interests.
Human trafficking finds fertile ground in the approach of neo-liberal capitalism, in the deregulation of markets aimed at maximizing without ethical limits, without social limits, without environmental limits.
If this logic is followed, there is only the calculation of advantages and disadvantages. Choices are not made on the basis of ethical criteria, but by pandering to dominant interests, often cleverly obscured by a humanitarian or ecological veneer.
Choices are not made by looking at people: people are numbers, to be exploited.
All in all, par for the course for the theologically bereft pontiff who has been under fire for being willing to give pro-abortion Joe Biden communion, endorsing civil unions for gay couples, Hating on anti-maskers and those urging caution at taking the COVID vaccine, and releasing his most outrageously blasphemous statement yet.
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