Earlier today, Severely Ltd pondered the comments made by the Pope in his New Year address and found them “not at all helpful.” I’ll say. Writing yesterday over at the sinister, godless realm that is Secular Right, I was perhaps a little less polite.
I was reacting to a BBC report on the Pope's remarks. Here’s (part of) what the Beeb had to say:
The Roman Catholic Church leader spoke at a Mass in the Vatican, then greeted a crowd outside St Peter’s Basilica. He deplored “hotbeds of tension and conflict caused by growing instances of inequality between rich and poor”.
Those “hotbeds” also grew out of “the prevalence of a selfish and individualistic mindset which also finds expression in an unregulated financial capitalism”, as well as “various forms of terrorism and crime”, he said.
I don’t know what is worse. The ignorance (if there’s one thing that the financial markets were not, it was unregulated; whether they were sensibly regulated is a different question), or the clear signs of a visceral loathing for “financial” capitalism and, of course, the Pope’s attempt to smear it with guilt by association with “various forms of terrorism and crime”.
If the Pope's remarks were designed to be "helpful", I dread to think to whom.