The Pope’s political views

February 25th, 2013 at 6:31 am by David Farrar

Thomas Reese looks at the next Pope:

Benedict has appointed 57 per cent of the cardinal electors (John Paul II named the rest), so they will most likely elect someone with similar views. In American terms, that means someone to the right of Newt Gingrich on social issues and to the left of Nancy Pelosi on economic issues.

Sigh. I’m the opposite. I’m to the right of Gingrich on economic issues and the left of Pelosi on social issues :-)

The author is a Jesuit priest at Georgetown University.

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12 Responses to “The Pope’s political views”

  1. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    I disagree. Today’s National Party members are well to the left of the two mentioned above. :-)

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  2. Mobile Michael (430 comments) says:

    And this effects you? Frankly, most regular church going Catholics do not subscribe to the economic views of the Church, they’d rather just do the requisite Hail Mary’s to stay out of trouble. Even a good whack of them are in favour of liberal social positions, except perhaps abortion.

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  3. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    And most of them are over 80 and cant vote.

    So his opinion is a load of toss………….

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  4. Mark (1,421 comments) says:

    Barry you are simply wrong. The Catholics have growing numbers with a large contingent if young people attending Mass weekly. But it always sounds plausible I guess.

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  5. Lucia Maria (2,239 comments) says:

    Jesuit, Fr. Thomas Reese’s opinion on Pope Benedict XVI’s political opinions are problematic, in that he’s the type who will read what the Holy Father has actually said and then reinterpret it to suit his own political leanings. Fr Reese is a theological liberal and an economic socialist, while as Pope Benedict XVI is not either of them.

    Here’s a good critique of something Fr Reese wrote that basically said that Pope Benedict was against any reduction in government regulation, when he said nothing of the sort: Fr Thomas J Reese, SJ, gets it wrong again?

    A number of years ago, I wrote a post refuting the idea that Marx had been rehabilitated by the Church, an article by a Georg Sans that was first published in a Jesuit paper, before being published in the Vatican paper and then released to the world. That the Jesuits have been endorsing this view is not surprising and they seem to have a massive problem with theological liberals and economic socialists in their ranks right now.

    Leftism is actually incompatible with Christianity, despite proponents such as Fr Reese who try to make out that it is. Therefore, his analysis of Pope Benedict’s political views and those of the men he has appointed as Cardinals, is deeply flawed.

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  6. RRM (9,637 comments) says:

    Christendom – the world’s largest oppressed minority!

    One billion suffering martyrs and growing every day :-P

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  7. Andrei (2,532 comments) says:

    Nobody knows who the next Pope will be and anybody who has a real clue on the matter is not the sort of person that would provide good copy for hack reporters

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  8. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Mark (1,004) Says:
    February 25th, 2013 at 9:56 am

    Mark – do some reading . Only cardinals who are under 80 years old can vote for the pope.

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  9. RRM (9,637 comments) says:

    http://keepingstock.blogspot.co.nz/2013/02/tui-on-tamaki.html

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  10. Alan Wilkinson (1,848 comments) says:

    I do like Beppe Grillo’s campaign policy plank quoted in the Herald today: the right for priests to have children “so they don’t touch other people’s”.

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  11. Fletch (6,135 comments) says:

    I don’t think some people understand. The Pope isn’t like a president or prime minister whose personal views they bring to the job. The views of the Church will never change when it comes to abortion, homosexuality, women priests, contraception et al.
    It doesn’t matter who the next Pope as regards these views.

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  12. BlairM (2,304 comments) says:

    I have a sneaking suspicion that the next Pope will be Catholic. I am constantly amazed at the number of commentators who hope for a non-Catholic Pope and seem so downcast when it inevitably does not happen.

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