Is the Pope Marxist?

by Kathryn Jean Lopez

From an interview with Pope Francis:

“Marxist ideology is wrong. But I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people, so I don’t feel offended.” But, he points out, “there is nothing in the Exhortation that cannot be found in the social Doctrine of the Church.”

And he discusses the point of everything he is and does: The Incarnation! “Christmas is hope and tenderness,” he tells La Stampa

“Christmas is God’s meeting with his people. It is also a consolation, a mystery of consolation,” Francis explains. “After the midnight mass I have often spent an hour or so alone in the chapel before celebrating the dawn mass. I felt a profound feeling of consolation and peace.” “On Christmas eve, my thoughts are above all with the Christians who live there, with those who are in difficulty, with the many people who have had to leave that land because of various problems,” the Pope adds, referring to the Holy Land. 

Elsewhere, my friend Austen Ivereigh of Catholic Voices writes about Time’s “imperfect canonization.”