Pope Francis is visiting the U.S. this week. His views are getting “hands off” coverage in most of the media. This is problematic because I find his economic views disturbing.
While personally, Pope Francis has taken a vow of poverty, he’s been elevated to the top of institution that got rich from just about every means except economic growth, and he’s using that position to criticize societies that got rich from pretty much only economic growth.
I find that ironic and ridiculous, and the lack of public comment upon it … disturbing.
Let me be clear: I have serious doubts that anyone at the top of a wealthy faith can say anything worthwhile about how economic growth did, can, or should work.
FWIW: I’m not Catholic. I live in Utah but I’m not Mormon either. I grew up in a heavily Catholic area, and have many Catholic friends. I have never felt the need to disparage a pope before. Further, I have doubts about the economic insights of all faiths that rely on texts written or set forth prior to the advent of systemic economic growth on this planet around the year 1700.