COMMENT Bob Weaver

While the disciplines of the Catholic church have not changed, how Pope Francis views them has.

Pope Francis recently expounded on the teachings of Jesus.

Francis' epistle was aimed directly at America's minority that owns the nation's wealth.

They've become known as the one-percenters, who bask in the comfort of government favoritism and tax breaks, the "Wall Streeters," bankers and corporate chieftains who plunged the nation into recession, and rail against the "takers."

The two-class system in the last 30 years includes the top 1% and the takers - the working class, which politically has been lumped with the so-called "welfare state."

The Pope took aim at out-of-control capitalism, the widening gap between the haves and the have nots, including the faded American Middle Class, as "a new tyranny" and is urging leaders to step up their efforts against poverty and inequality.

Francis called on rich people to share their wealth, many of which stash their cash in tax-free havens.

In America they've become known as the one-percenters.

The existing financial system that fuels the unequal distribution of wealth and violence must be changed, the Pope warned.

Pundit Rush Limbaugh railed against the Pope, "This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the Pope."

"A new tyranny is thus born, invisible and often virtual, which unilaterally and relentlessly imposes its own laws and rules," says the Pope's 84-page document.

The pope said, "To all this we can add widespread corruption and self-serving tax evasion, which has taken on worldwide dimensions. The thirst for power and possessions knows no limits."

He goes on to explain this system, which tends to devour everything which stands in the way of increased profits, whatever is fragile, like the environment, is defenseless before the interests of a deified market, which has become the only rule we live by.

Shame on the Pope for having such notions.

Inequality between the rich and the poor has reached a new threshold, and in his apostolic exhortation to mark the end of the "Year of Faith", Pope Francis asks for better politicians to heal the scars capitalism has made on society.

"Just as the commandment 'Thou shalt not kill' sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say 'thou shalt not' to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an 'the economy kills," Francis wrote.

His calls to service go beyond general good Samaritan deeds, as he asks his followers for action "beyond a simple welfare mentality."

"I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor," Francis wrote.

A recent IRS report shows that the wealth of the US's richest 1 percent has grown by 31 percent, while the rest of the population experienced an income rise of only 1 percent.

Oxfam data shows that up to 146 million Europeans are at risk of falling into poverty by 2025 and 50 million Americans are currently suffering from severe financial hardship.

"As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the world's problems or, for that matter, to any problems," he wrote.

Pope Francis went after the Vatican bank and openly accused it of fraud and shady offshore tax haven deals.

Last October, Pope Francis removed Vatican bank head Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, after revelations of alleged mafia money laundering and financial impropriety.

Help us all, that crazy Pope using "the red words" that were spoken by Jesus Christ to make his case.

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