Top talk show host lashes out at Pope Francis
Rush Limbaugh says the pope is a Marxist and his stance is hypocritical
- Paolo Mastrolilli for Vatican Insider/La Stampa
- United States
- December 5, 2013
Pope Francis is a Marxist and it is hypocritical of the Catholic Church to criticise capitalism when this is where it gets its funding from. US radio talk show host and political commentator Rush Limbaugh has unleashed his usual verbal abuse sparking a new debate. In this debate one can make out an underlying resentment felt by US conservatives towards Francis.
What triggered Limbaugh’s verbal attack was the “Evangelii Gaudium” which he criticised in a show titled “It's Sad How Wrong Pope Francis Is (Unless It's a Deliberate Mistranslation By Leftists)”.
As usual America’s most popular far right wing commentator was bold in his criticisms: "It's sad because this pope makes it very clear he doesn't know what he's talking about when it comes to capitalism and socialism and so forth." Limbaugh describes Francis’ “Evangelii Gaudium” as an assault on the “new tyranny” of unfettered capitalism and an attack on the “idolatry of money”.
“I have been numerous times to the Vatican. It wouldn't exist without tons of money. But regardless, what this is, somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him. This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. Unfettered capitalism? That doesn't exist anywhere. Unfettered capitalism is a liberal socialist phrase to describe the United States. Unfettered, unregulated,” Limbaugh said.
The talk show host then spoke out against the evils of socialism and the benefits of capitalism, supporting the "trickle-down" economic policies that the Pope has criticized. He said he was “bewildered” by some of the Pope’s statements: “The Catholic Church, the American Catholic Church has an annual budget of $170 billion. I think that's more than General Electric earns every year. And the Catholic Church of America is the largest landholder in Manhattan. I mean, they have a lot of money. They raise a lot of money. They wouldn't be able to reach out the way they do without a lot of money.”
Source: Vatican Insider/La Stampa