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HOLY SEE Pope Attacks State of Capitalism Andrew Medichini/AP

Pope Attacks State of Capitalism

This might shake up a couple Thanksgiving dinners. Pope Francis has released his first apostolic exhortation, and in it he goes after “a new tyranny” of markets and “idolatry of money.” "How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?" he asks. Francis also looked inward, at the Vatican bureaucracy which was the target of scandal under his predecessor. "I prefer a Church which is bruised, hurting and dirty because it has been out on the streets, rather than a Church which is unhealthy from being confined and from clinging to its own security," he said. Francis also touched on the issue of the male-only priesthood, saying it “is not a question open to discussion,” but does want a larger role for women in the church. 

November 26, 2013 12:15 PM