Popes Apologize For Past Mistakes – Is It Really Enough?
Vatican officials say that Pope Francis has issued a formal apology to the world for past sins. Of course, it is only human to feel like we are not doing enough to make amends for past misdeeds. However, we can be assured that, under the leadership of Pope Francis, there will be more major “apologies” to come in the future.
One of the first things he did was to break with the Vatican’s hard-line approach to capitalism and free market capitalism. He stated, in no uncertain terms, that “capitalism does not destroy.” This, of course, is a big change from previous positions.
Pope Francis Hails Capitalism, Hails Capitalism: In his speech at the World Economic Forum, he praises capitalism, free enterprise, and urges individuals to embrace their opportunities. He does not go as far as his predecessor Pope Benedict, who claimed that capitalism leads to destruction. Instead, he said that capitalism is not inherently evil. Rather, they are good if they are properly exercised.
According to him, what happens when capitalism breaks down and leads to social and political disaster? It leads to environmental degradation, to social inequality, to increasing poverty, and to the failure of governments to provide social services and welfare.
He Thinks You Need to be Rewarded for Doing the Right Thing: The Pope said that capitalism is about giving and receiving. He said that those who use this system to benefit humanity will be rewarded. He encourages individuals to do more to serve the common good. For example, he said that corporations should help those in need rather than making profits.
He said, “Be on the right side of history and welcome the rewards of your actions,” and called for people to give up some of their income. He said that, “the main thing is to spread the love of the Gospel.”
Still, during his first week in office, he was urged by the Italian government to resign, but instead, he said that if we have a Pope who wants to reform the church, then so be it. He is willing to follow his predecessors’ policies to make a real difference.
It looks like the Pope has begun to implement the reforms that he promoted during his papal visit to the US. He recognizes that not everyone will agree with his new policies, and this will probably lead to a healthy debate within the church.
Still, liberals grumbling about a pope who thinks about the poor, rather than the rich, and conservatives criticizing his political views, is just politics as usual. Remember, this is a pope whose predecessor made a bold statement against capitalism. So why is it suddenly acceptable to criticize a pope for making a bold statement?
There is no doubt that Pope Francis is indeed going to make radical changes within the Vatican, but conservatives are still saying that we can’t blame them for criticizing a pope who makes bold statements. We can understand his objections and are willing to do the same.
If you ask me, the Pope can’t blame us for criticizing his declaration that the free market economy leads to moral decay. After all, we are the ones who criticize this principle when we start going into debt and we can’t stop it. However, when we succeed, then it is okay.
If you are willing to allow the Pope to issue “apologies” for past mistakes, you might want to think about those you have been criticizing. If you really believe that the Pope is a genius, then we should be willing to discuss this.