Newsmax: “Pope Francis attacked mega-salaries and big bonuses Thursday, saying in the first peace message of his pontificate that they are symptoms of an economy based on greed and inequality.
In his message for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Day of Peace, marked by the Church around the world on Jan. 1, he also called for more sharing of wealth among people and nations to narrow the gap between the rich and poor.
“The grave financial and economic crises of the present time . . . have pushed man to seek satisfaction, happiness, and security in consumption and earnings out of all proportion to the principles of a sound economy,” he said. “The succession of economic crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic development and to a change in lifestyles.”
Opinion: The popularity of Pope Francis is growing exponentially. Among all Americans, including the nearly eight in ten who aren’t Catholics, 69 percent see Francis favorably, 15 points more than said the same about Benedict at the end of his papacy. A poll by Langer Research Associates finds that 85 percent of Catholics approve of the direction in which he’s leading the church.
Francis’ call for sharing wealth is fast becoming the hallmark of his papacy despite the incalculable net worth of the church he heads. Between the church’s priceless art, land, gold and investments across the globe, it is one of the wealthiest institutions on Earth.
In May of this year, Pope Francis stunned the world with this statement: “The Lord has redeemed all of us, all of us, with the Blood of Christ: all of us, not just Catholics. Everyone! ‘Father, the atheists?’ Even the atheists. Everyone! And this Blood makes us children of God of the first class! We are created children in the likeness of God and the Blood of Christ has redeemed us all! And we all have a duty to do good. And this commandment for everyone to do good, I think, is a beautiful path towards peace. If we, each doing our own part, do good to others, if we meet there, doing good, and we go slowly, gently, little by little, we will make that culture of encounter that so much. We must meet one another doing good. ‘But I don’t believe, Father, I am an atheist!’ But do good: we will meet one another there.”
And the faithful approved.
Ecumenism is a call to unite Christian churches under one authority. A global church (see post below) that softens the Gospel and is more inclusive, will satisfy itching ears (2 Timothy 4:3).
It is almost unbelievable to fathom, but here we are.