Pope Francis wrote about the ills of capitalism in a report released Tuesday. PHOTO CREDIT: Edgar Jimenez, CC License
It was only about six months ago when a little known cardinal from Argentina became the leader of the Catholic Church. Since, like crazed Miley Cyrus fans, much of the world has been fixated on what Pope Francis will do next.
One week he's washing the feet of juvenile criminals, another he's telling followers to not judge homosexuality and another he says he wants women to have more power in the church.
Then came Tuesday and Pope Francis released his first major written report on the church. In it, some of his sharpest words are for what many believe is what makes America exceptional. He condemns the ugly side of capitalism and for the greed of the institutions like Wall Street.
"How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points? This is a case of exclusion. Can we continue to stand by when food is thrown away while people are starving? This is a case of inequality. Today everything comes under the laws of competition and the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless. As a consequence, masses of people find themselves excluded and marginalized: without work, without possibilities, without any means of escape."