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Rush Limbaugh: Pope’s Message Is “Pure Marxism”

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh expressed his disdain for Pope Francis’ exhortation of capitalism last week, calling the pointiff’s statements “pure Marxism.”

“It’s sad because this pope makes it very clear he doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to capitalism and socialism and so forth,” Limbaugh said in a statement now online. “If it weren’t for capitalism, I don’t know where the Catholic Church would be.”

The persistently controversial radio host, whose show attracts an estimated 15 million listeners, admitted that he himself is not Catholic but that “up until this,” he even admired the Pope. “But the pope here has now gone beyond Catholicism here, and this is purely political,” he added, asserting that somebody must have “either written this for him or gotten to him.”

The Pope’s statement, a 50,000-word apostolic message titled “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel), called for a reform in certain aspects of capitalism as well as overall church reform. Specifically, Pope Francis alluded to the “new tyranny” of unfettered capitalism and the “idolatry of money” as factors contributing to growing inequality worldwide.

“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 2 points?” said Francis.

Limbaugh, however, dismissed the papal statement. “They claim that as socialists or reformers or progressives, that they are fair and compassionate, and they will make that gap between the wealthy and the poor narrower, and they will make life more equitable, and they will engage in equality of outcomes and so forth, and wherever they’ve tried, they’ve failed,” he said.

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Gary Bryan is an industrial marketing manager by daytime and political and social issues writer by night. You can also find his editorials at Mic.com.