Pope Francis Tells Rush Limbaugh ‘I Am Not a Marxist’

Three days ago I discussed why Time magazine picked Catholic Pope Francis as its “man of the year.” We noted that the only reason the magazine would have picked this months-old Pope for its cover is because of his recent Marxist-styled attack on capitalism. Now the Pope has come out to assure his flock and warn commentators like Rush Limbaugh that he isn’t a Marxist.

Last week conservative talker Rush Limbaugh lambasted the Pope’s address from two weeks ago saying that his attack on capitalism was “pure Marxism.” For much of last week the media here and abroad went gaga over Rush’s “attack” on the Pope.

Now the Pope himself is trying to ally fears that he is a Marxist, telling Limbaugh and other critics that he isn’t one.

During an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the Pope said that Marxism is wrong.

“Marxist ideology is wrong,” the Pope said. “But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

The Pope also said that everything he’s said from the Vatican can be found in typical church doctrine.

But, in fact, the Pope should feel both offended and ashamed of himself. His words of two weeks ago were, indeed, anti-capitalist and he should be ashamed of that. He should also be offended for being thought of as a Marxist. Being a Marxist should make anyone a pariah to civilized humans everywhere.

If you are a Marxist, you cannot be a “good person.” It is impossible to be a disgusting Marxist and a good person at the same time. Marxists are anti-human, anti-freedom, pro-oppression, hate-filled, murder-loving cretins that should be shunned by polite society.

Here is what Rush said late last week:

Well, what do you all think? Is the Pope telling the truth exactly? Does he lean toward Marxist hatred of capitalism as Rush said? Or do we take the Pope’s new claims at face value?

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Posted by on December 17, 2013.
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago-based freelance writer, has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and is featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart's BigGovernment.com and BigJournalism.com, RightWingNews.com, CanadaFreePress.com, RightPundits.com, StoptheACLU.com, Human Events Magazine, among many, many others. Additionally, he has been a frequent guest on talk-radio programs to discuss his opinion editorials and current events. He has also written for several history magazines and appears in the new book "Americans on Politics, Policy and Pop Culture" which can be purchased on amazon.com. He is also the owner and operator of PubliusForum.com. Feel free to contact him with any comments or questions, EMAIL Warner Todd Huston: igcolonel .at. hotmail.com "The only end of writing is to enable the reader better to enjoy life, or better to endure it." --Samuel Johnson

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  • Lawrence Westlake

    I doubt Limbaugh learned all that much about what Marxism is when he flunked out of that 5th-tier university he attended back at a time when people literally dosing on acid were getting gentlemen’s C’s. That aside, for people in the talk radio/Internet brigades actually to be surprised or taken aback by what a Jesuit Pope says about economics is more a reflection of just how affulent WASP-cocooned are the chattering classes. Obviously Francis is going to lean way to the left on economic and public finance issues. That’s endemic to the Jesuit order and separately it’s a Sun rises in east concept for someone, like Francis, who grew up in and around poverty in a third-world country. If Francis gets put in charge of the Ways & Means Committee, the Federal Reserve or the Treasury Dept. then, yeah, sure, his viewpoints would be a problem. But for now, however, in Realityville, Limbaugh can sleep sound at the country club. Popes don’t make or implement fiscal or economic policies or legislation. Francis’ main job is to grow the Catholic church. Granted, that causes eyes to twitch and mouths to foam in various WASP circles, but ultimately that’s neither here nor there.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Does rpcfuel know how you use their internet services?

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Does rpcfuel know how you use their internet services?

    • Commander_Chico

      Yeah, oligarchical slavery to massive companies is unpopular in most of the world, so it make sense that the Pope is against it.

      Of course, the propagandists in favor of private-sector tyranny are many and strong in the USA, from fatass Rush to Warner.

      • jim_m

        Sorry we can’t all be communists like you.

        • Commander_Chico

          . . . . and the Pope, I guess.

      • Retired military

        Chico goes with Option A. The Oligarchy. What a surprise.

        Speaking of Propaganda here is Chico propaganda.

        How about practising what you preach Chico.

        1 Oprah,the Lamestream media, Reid, Pelosi, and other major dems have called people racist simply because they oppose Obama’s
        policies. Yet when they oppose those same policies when espoused by Bill, Hillary. Reid, Pelos, Gore, Kerry, etc etc they weren’t considered racist then by Oprah, etc etc (I don’t know isn’t good enough)

        2. People were called racist anarchist terrorists when they tried to delay Obamacare yet Al Franken who did the same thing wasn’t called Racist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the call just playing the race card because that is all they have?

        3. People were called racist anarchist terrorist when they called for the delay of all or part of Obamacare and Obama who is unconstitutionally doing the same thing is not called a racist anarchist terrorist. Do you feel that it is because he is a democrat and the people doing the calling are just playing the race card because that is all they have?

    • pork chop

      I may be a bit late to the game but is it possible for you to string any more tired old cliches in a single response? You should avoid them like the plague. Your observations are dead as a doornail. At the end of the day I suggest you take the tiger by the tail and avoid the low hanging fruit. It would be a win-win for everyone involved.

      if the walls could talk you may discover there are more fish in the sea and other oxen to gore. Every dog may have it’s day but I would say your fifteen minutes of fame are all used up.

      Am I a pot calling the kettle black? No, that would make me a racist.

      • Brucehenry

        That was good. Very funny.

        • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

          Wow. You managed to break even complimenting someone whose post is +6.

          [Edit] Congratulations, you went to +1 with the vote of the racist soi disant cognoscenti.

          • Brucehenry

            Don’t you have any “moderating” to do? Do you have nothing to do but screw with me? Are you 10?

            Do you get paid for what you do here? I certainly hope not.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Can’t you find a blog where your comments are valued?

          • jim_m

            Now, now! A negative valuation is still a valuation.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            A valuation of less than nothing…

            Equivalent of paying someone to take their product and go away.

          • Brucehenry

            Well, you know, Rodney, there are many threads here in which most of the comments are in reply to one of mine, so I would say that, though most disagree with me here, many of this community DO value my comments. Only you and a few of your toadies find them so odious that they feel they must resort to trying to bully me out of the comment section.

            And I promise, I’ll never comment on one of your articles. That is, if you ever post one again. And if you ever quit freeloading and start a blog of your own, I won’t visit it, either. Pinky swear.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            You say a lot, little of which is true and even less of which is of value.

            On this thread you are at a net -12 -25.

          • Retired military

            I, for one value Bruce’s opinions when he isn’t doing the tit for tat with others. That being said I cant really blame him for the tit for tat either. I would (and do ) do the same with the likes of Chico who merely flings poo (99% of the time) and gives one of his 5 stock answers (90% of the time).
            I think that if folks would call a truce with Bruce then more conversation and less tit for tat is possible.
            I wholeheartedly disagree with quite a bit of what Bruce says but don’t reply that often as with all the tit for tatting basically what I would have been said has already been said in a more base form.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            De gustibus non te disputadem.

          • Wild_Willie

            I have been around these parts for many a year. I read it daily but during the last year or two decided to NOT comment but even then, I would now and again. Having said that, Brucy consistently demeans the person commenting more than the subject presented. Truly a juvenile move and the first play in the dem playbook. ww

    • warnertoddhuston

      Yeah, cuz the ONLY place anyone can ever learn anything about anything is in an Ivy league college. F’kin moron.

  • Lawrence Westlake

    I doubt Limbaugh learned all that much about what Marxism is when he flunked out of that 5th-tier university he attended back at a time when people literally dosing on acid were getting gentlemen’s C’s. That aside, for people in the talk radio/Internet brigades actually to be surprised or taken aback by what a Jesuit Pope says about economics is more a reflection of just how affulent WASP-cocooned are the chattering classes. Obviously Francis is going to lean way to the left on economic and public finance issues. That’s endemic to the Jesuit order and separately it’s a Sun rises in east concept for someone, like Francis, who grew up in and around poverty in a third-world country. If Francis gets put in charge of the Ways & Means Committee, the Federal Reserve or the Treasury Dept. then, yeah, sure, his viewpoints would be a problem. But for now, however, in Realityville, Limbaugh can sleep sound at the country club. Popes don’t make or implement fiscal or economic policies or legislation. Francis’ main job is to grow the Catholic church. Granted, that causes eyes to twitch and mouths to foam in various WASP circles, but ultimately that’s neither here nor there.

  • Brucehenry

    So, folks, when judging whether a fellow human being is or is not a “good person,” ask yourself who you think has a better handle on it.

    Warner Todd Huston or the Pope. I know, hard to decide.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      Logical Fallacy: Appeal to Authority.

    • jim_m

      Given the papacy’s past record you may chose to offer a different comparator. There have been some historically significant points of disagreement between the papacy and the rest of the world. You may have heard of them, start looking under the search term “reformation”.

      And as a leftist I am sure that you would have no problem disagreeing with the Pope on the issue of abortion. So don’t go claiming that he’s infallible or something. After all, it’s not obama we are talking about.

      • Brucehenry

        Very true about the papacy’s record, even as recently as Pius XII.

        I was just chuckling at the idea of Warner Todd Huston telling THIS Pope he “should be ashamed of himself.”

        • warnertoddhuston

          Oh, I don’t just think Popes should be ashamed of themselves….BRUCEHENRY.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            You cannot shame the shameless.

    • Retired military

      Bruce
      I hear a lot on the left quoting the Pope lately. I don’t seem to hear it so much when the Pope comes out against abortion. Then I hear all kind of negative things about the Pope.

      • Brucehenry

        Shocker, huh? Like you heard all kinds of negativity about John Paul II or Herr Popenfuhrer on rightwing blogs?

        You know Wonkette is my favorite lefty humor site. They have lots of articles about New Pope, most about his tolerance on gay issues but some sneaking in some snark about how he’s still not exactly a Gloria Steinem feminist or whatever.

        This article even sneaks in some good mockery of Obama’s Nobel.

        http://wonkette.com/536787/happy-birthday-new-pope-you-are-now-gay

        • Retired military

          I don’t recall the negativity about John Paul II or Benedict.
          But both sides do play the card I mentioned. I just made the statement since a lot of the left seems so vehemently opposed to some of the basic tenets of Catholicism.

          • Brucehenry

            Sure, and one of the basic tenets of Catholicism is opposition to the death penalty. Where does the right stand on that?

        • warnertoddhuston

          It’s very amusing that you use the halfwitted gay comedians at Wankette and pretend they are authority.

          • Brucehenry

            Who’s pretending Wonkette is an authority? It’s a humor site. Some get it, some don’t.

            Of course you’d know about pretending. Just the other day you were pretending that nice Methodist churchlady June Atkinson was “attacking Christian schools.”

          • jim_m

            If Wonkette is not an authority you could eliminate about half the links you post.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            I hear its where all the bung hole rangers hang out…

          • Brucehenry

            Everybody’s a critic.

      • Jim Hill

        Yes, it is possible to agree with someone on one issue but disagree on another.

        I disagree with many tenets of, well most religions. Doesn’t mean I have to dislike the person, or be unwilling to recognize when I agree with them.

    • Wild_Willie

      The Papacy has been deluded, abused and sold for so many years all that is left is the business side of Vatican City. So I do not elevate the pope to any particular stature especially a spiritual leader. ww

      • Brucehenry

        No, of course not. Why elevate the Pope to a stature above Warner Todd Huston’s? Lol.

        bh, lol.

  • Walter_Cronanty

    I’d be willing to bet that capitalism has raised more people from abject poverty than the Catholic Church has.

    • jim_m

      I would wager that you are correct and I would further bet that the Catholic Church has raised more people from abject poverty than government programs.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Both would be safe bets…

  • Par4Course

    As is often the case, Rush has it right. Once the Catholic church (and most other churches) signed on to the idea that government welfare was “charity,” they became partners with the State who have been backers of taxing the rich to give to the poor, which is just watered-down Marxism.

    Also, try out this sentence: “I’m not a [racist] [sexist] [homophobe] [fascist] [baby killer] but I have met many [racist] [sexists] [homophobes] [fascists] [baby killers] in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.”

    • Walter_Cronanty

      You are right. When the Catholic church and most, if not all, mainstream Protestant denominations bought into big government forcibly taking money from one person to give to another, they made a pact with the devil.

  • ackwired

    The confusion results from thinking that only a Marxist would criticize capitalism. Any objective person can see the benefits and drawbacks of capitalism, or any other economic model. Talking about the drawbacks hardly makes one a Marxist.

    • Brucehenry

      Not to mention that the Pope wasn’t condemning capitalism in its entirety, just this rapacious trickle-down globalized scam the 1% has been running the past 25-35 years.

      • jim_m

        You mean the 1% that is dominated by radical leftists like Soros, Buffet, Zuckerberg, Gates, Case, Bezos, etc…

        Let’s do away with the pretense that the rapacious activity is conducted by anyone except for hard core leftists who lack any sense of moral decency or obligation to their fellow man and who see as their primary goal the elimination of the ladder that they just climbed to success.

        • Brucehenry

          “Radical leftists” in Jim’s book = anyone who donates money to the Democratic party. You’re priceless.

          The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is just a front for Marxism, huh? Hilarious.

          BTW, check out your twin BFFs’ homophobic comments above. If Chico, or Ackwired, or I, had said anything remotely like the words they used to characterize a website you’d be screaming GOTCHA in all caps. “Now we see how the liberal mask slips” or words to that effect. Instead, crickets from you.

          • jim_m

            Of course I would because the rest of the time you are so insufferably self-righteous about gay rights or racism or whatever. So naturally when a lefty shows himself to be as prone to bias and accepting stupid stereotypes as anyone else it is worthwhile exposing their hypocrisy.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh well that explains it.

          • jim_m

            indeed it does.

          • Brucehenry

            Oh, indeed. Indeed we see that all the talk you have talked all these years about “taking a stand” against intolerance with oh so brave internet commenting means nothing.

          • jim_m

            How arrogant for you to assume that my political activity is limited to commenting here, and how unsurprising.

            More projection I suspect.

          • Brucehenry

            I’ll note you don’t really claim that it isn’t. Limited to here, that is.

            What would be surprising is if you have time for any “political activity,” since you spend so many hours monitoring and commenting on each and every thread. I’m assuming you’re not “on the clock” when you comment here, are you?

          • jim_m

            it isn’t.

            When I comment here is my business.

          • Brucehenry

            You’re such a private person. I respect that, I really do.