Pope Francis Slams Unholy Markets, Idolaltry of Money

26 November 2013 |permalink | email article

In his first major work Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to commit itself to fighting poverty and called on world leaders to become more concerned about the current state of society. He opened the door to reforms in the Vatican bureaucracy while reaffirming that female priests and the church’s opposition to abortion is “not open to discussion.” “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless man dies of exposure, but it is not news when the stock market loses two point? Francis, 76, called on leaders the world over to guarantee people “dignified work, education and health care in the exhortation called “Evangelli Gaudium.” (Yhe Joy of the Gospel). “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 clinging to its own security. The male-only priesthood, he said, “is not a question open for discussion,” but women must have more influence in church leadership, he wrote.

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