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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pope Francis Had It Nailed Way Back in 2002

Pope Francis is an Argentinian by birth.

When he was then Cardinal Bergolio in 2002, Argentina was experiencing a financial crisis of epic proportions.

Here's the advice he offered to Argentinians at that time about introspection and self reliance versus the dangers associated with relying on smooth talking politicians to fix the enormous financial problems then facing his country and its people.

A Pope From the People says this in pertinent part:

"Notably, however, Pope Francis did not join those Jesuits who became enamored in the last century with "liberation theology," an attempt to do the impossible and blend Marxism with Christianity. His Christianity is less political than personal and theological, though he is not afraid to confront political malfeasance.

Amid Argentina's financial crisis in 2002, then Cardinal Bergoglio offered a sermon in Buenos Aires in which he declared "To those who are now promising to fix all your problems, I say, 'Go and fix yourself.' . . . Have a change of heart. Get to confession, before you need it even more!"

Interrupted by applause, the cardinal added, "The current crisis will not be improved by magicians from outside the country and nor will [improvement] come from the golden mouth of our politicians, so accustomed to making incredible promises."

It will come as no surprise that the Kirchner clan that has ruled Argentina for the last decade are not among his admirers."

Summing Up

To which I would only say to our American political class of 'fixers' that's going to save the middle class and the rest of us, too --- If the shoe fits, wear it.

Ditto for We the People.

Thanks. Bob.

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