Discussing the latest document produced by Pope Francis, Rush Limbaugh called the writing “pure marxism” on his program Wednesday. The 265th successor to Saint Peter issued a document that harshly condemns capitalism.
Entitled Evangelii Gaudium (Latin for “Joy of the Gospel”), the theme of the document is how church teachings can be applied in today’s world. It was written in response to the most recent meeting of the Synod of Bishops in October of 2012, before Pope Francis was elected.
You can read the document in its entirety here.
One of the most controversial things that has been written in Evangelii Gaudium is that Pope Francis called capitalism “a new tyranny,” something Rush Limbaugh did not take too well.
“Up until this, I have to tell you, I was admiring the man. I thought he was going a little overboard on the common man touch, and I thought there might’ve been a little bit of PR involved there, but nevertheless, I was willing to cut him some slack, I mean if he wants to portray himself as still from the streets, of where he came from, and is not anything special, not aristocratic if he wants to eschew the physical trappings of the Vatican, okay, cool, fine,” said Limbaugh.
“But this that I came across last night, I mean totally befuddled me. If it weren’t for capitalism, I don’t know where the Catholic Church would be. Now as I mentioned before, I’m not Catholic, I admire it profoundly, and I’ve been tempted a number of times to delve deeper into it, but the pope here has now gone beyond Catholicism here, and this is pure political, and I wanna share with you some of this stuff. Pope Francis attacked ‘unfettered capitalism’ as a ‘new tyranny.’ He beseeched global leaders to fight poverty, and growing inequality in a document on Tuesday, setting out a platform for his papacy and calling for a ‘renewal of the Catholic Church.’ In it, Pope Francis went further than previous comments criticizing the global economic system attacking the idolatry of money,” Limbaugh continued.
“I gotta be very careful here. I have been numerous times to the Vatican. It wouldn’t exist without tons of money. But regardless, what this is, somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him. This is just pure marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. There’s no such unfettered capitalism that doesn’t exist anywhere. ‘Unfettered Capitalism’ is a liberal socialist phrase to describe the United States,” added Limbaugh.