I’ve had it with the so-called Catholic advisors to the Pope like Cardinal Oscar Andres Rodriguez Maradiaga, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. He is attacking the source of the money he says that third world countries desperately need, and conflating charity with government.
This Cardinal has been on the short list for becoming Pope, and he rarely misses an opportunity to rail against capitalism and praise social justice. But social justice would be fine if men of the cloth kept it to religious institutions and reaching out to the poor. He instead enshrines government as God’s little helper, and it makes me sick.
“Speaking with journalists, Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga criticized certain ‘movements’ in the United States that have preemptively come out in opposition to Francis’s planned encyclical on climate change.
“‘The ideology surrounding environmental issues is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,’ Rodríguez said, according to the Boston Globe's Crux blog.”
I’m a Catholic, but when people with ideological bends like this Cardinal are in charge of the Vatican, it is getting more and more difficult to describe myself as a practicing Catholic. I believe in the church’s teachings. I love the Mass, but I’ve been through homilies and prayer offerings by the congregation that I will refuse to reply, “Lord, hear our prayer.”
It is not Godly to use government to take the wealth of one man and give it to another. That is stealing, because government is force. To Cardinal Rodriguez, who consistently blames capitalism for the poor of the third world, might I ask, which country on the face of the earth spends the most on foreign aid? That’d be the United States, who, by the way, doesn’t rely solely on capitalism anymore, thanks to leftists whose ideology seem to match Cardinal Rodriguez’s. We have a mixed system of social-utopianism, where the government says you can be capitalists as long as you play by their rules. If you don’t, you don’t get to have a business, make money, or in some cases, you just might lose everything you have.
I don’t see where Cardinal Rodriguez has any degrees in climate theory or economics. His Wikipedia page states that, “He earned doctorates in philosophy from the Institute “Don Rua” in El Salvador, in theology from the Salesian Pontifical University in Rome, and moral theology from the Pontifical Lateran University. From the Austrian University of Innsbruck Rodriguez received a diploma in clinical psychology and psychotherapy.” Gee, sounds like he knows climate science huh?
Congratulations, Vatican. You have a spokesman like Cardinal Rodriguez who preaches communistic principles and wants to impose his belief system on government.
What Cardinal Rodriguez and the Pope don’t know, both having come from Latin America, where corrupt, communistic governments and dictatorships show little regard for their fellow human beings, is that America is under assault from would-be dictators, and may have fallen if not for the founding principles of the nation – founding principles that are expressed in our Constitution and Declaration of Independence. We are under attack even now from within, but there is a resurgence of a need to understand our Founding.
What the Founders bequeathed upon our nation was a recognition of the right to govern ourselves. We get that right from God. We control our government, and they are not to work without our consent. These ideas are revolutionary, and we thank God for them. So, when a Catholic Cardinal comes in and says that the objection to the unproven theory of climate change “is too tied to a capitalism that doesn’t want to stop ruining the environment because they don’t want to give up their profits,” it shows how undereducated he is on capitalism, the phony science of global warming, and the rights given to all humankind by God Himself.”
He should be ashamed.
Jen Kuznicki is a wife and mother, seamstress by trade, and American patriot who says, "Now is the time to act."