Cory Heidelberger uses the Pope to argue that against consumerism:
One fellow you won't be seeing at the mall on Black Friday: the Pope! Pope Francis I issues this hefty apostolic exhortation against consumerism and the idolatry of money:
The great danger in today’s world, pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience. Whenever our interior life becomes caught up in its own interests and concerns, there is no longer room for others, no place for the poor. God’s voice is no longer heard, the quiet joy of his love is no longer felt, and the desire to do good fades. This is a very real danger for believers too. Many fall prey to it, and end up resentful, angry and listless. That is no way to live a dignified and fulfilled life; it is not God’s will for us, nor is it the life in the Spirit which has its source in the heart of the risen Christ [Pope Francis I, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013.11.24].
Think about that while you're standing outside in the cold at midnight on Friday hoping to get Legos or a new multispeed drill for 75% off.
Then Cory uses the Pope to attack free markets:
And when you sit down for turkey with your Republcian in-laws, toss this note from the Pope across the table:
In this context, some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system. Meanwhile, the excluded are still waiting. To sustain a lifestyle which excludes others, or to sustain enthusiasm for that selfish ideal, a globalization of indifference has developed. Almost without being aware of it, we end up being incapable of feeling compassion at the outcry of the poor, weeping for other people’s pain, and feeling a need to help them, as though all this were someone else’s responsibility and not our own. The culture of prosperity deadens us; we are thrilled if the market offers us something new to purchase; and in the meantime all those lives stunted for lack of opportunity seem a mere spectacle; they fail to move us [Pope Francis I, 2013.11.24].
Oh, how I'd like to be at certain Catholic tables this holiday season.
Number one, the Republican Establishment's capitalism is based on Public/Private partnerships, which is not a free market. Cory and his South Dakota Democrats jumped in bed with the SDGOP's economic development scam last legislative session. So both the Pope and Cory are quilty of bearing false witness against those who reject both fascism and socialism and favor instead a truly free market.
Second, the Pope expects others to take care of the poor. What about the Vatican itself:
The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others. The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric, International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc. At a conservative estimate, these amount to more than 500 million dollars in the U.S.A. alone.
The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest. But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.” source – Avro Manhattan
So the Pope himself is not practicing what he preaches, has a huge plank in his eye, and is quilty of coveting other people's property. The above proves the Pope is also a capitalist, and we also know Obama is also a crony capitalist.