See the short debate on CNN
Some excerpts below.
(CNN) — Radio personality Rush Limbaugh declared himself bewildered by recent papal statements “about the utter evils of capitalism.” In his broadcast, titled “It’s Sad How Wrong Pope Francis Is (Unless It’s a Deliberate Mistranslation by Leftists),” Limbaugh said the remarks add up to “just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope.” This would indeed be remarkable, if true. Is it?
And yet certainly the press has focused on those several pages — in a document of 50,000 words — that offer a vivid critique of the global economic system, what Pope Francis terms “an economy of exclusion and inequality.” Here, Limbaugh charges, “The Pope has now gone beyond Catholicism, and this is pure political.” More “saddened” than outraged, Limbaugh states that “it is very clear (the Pope) doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to capitalism and socialism, and so forth.”
Actually, the words “capitalism” and “socialism” do not appear in the document. But it is not difficult to discern the Pope’s meaning: “Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills.”[See also the videos linked into the articles.]