Dear Pope Francis,
I briefly ran a blog that contained the following tagline: “Get involved in politics. Surely, it is involved in you.”
When I wrote that, I didn’t mean you.
As an individual, it’s clear you are a good man. Sneaking out of the Vatican to feed the homeless, washing people’s feet, and the other acts you have committed in service to your fellow man, anyone would be a fool to say otherwise. This part of your papacy is wonderful.
On the macro level, however, and regarding politics and economics, you consistently show how bad you are for liberty around the world. To say, “People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian,” is patently stupid. Gun manufacturers provide a means for Americans to protect themselves against crime, terrorism, and tyranny. These people have used their God-given engineering and production talent to promote liberty for their fellow man – and a really great way to build memories with families and friends.
To criticize gun manufacturers is, course in line with your grievances with capitalism: “What the Church criticizes is the spirit that capitalism has encouraged, utilizing capital to subject and oppress the man,” Pope Francis wrote in his book, titled Dialogues between John Paul II and Fidel Castro….[and capitalism] develops with characteristics of individuality, in a life where men look for their own good and not the common good.” The poor do not escape from poverty with more poverty.
This week when you said, “A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian.” is hypocritical considering the wall surrounding the Vatican and virtually every city mentioned in the Bible that survived longer than three months.
Blending your liberation theology with politics is your choice, even if you were another Catholic. But you’re not just another Catholic. You’re the Pope. And your politics, which are derived from Latin American socialism, harms vastly more people than it helps. When you insufficiently quote the Bible, and lecture us against capitalism and man-made global warming, it is my belief you are hurting the Church because parishioners are turned off by it. As I told my parish priest, I need you to help with my moral failings, not try to make me feel bad for choosing the wrong light bulb. Help me refine my soul; I’ll work on the rest.
Continue to speak on these matters if you like, Your Holiness, but I for one await your successor with great anticipation.