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Dolan: Francis Is Balancing Out John Paul II

Pope Francis’s comments about the dangers of capitalism and global financial systems has drawn ire from conservatives, but Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said the pontiff is simply challenging the notions of different worldviews in an effort to reach the most just society, as his predecessors have. He clarified that the pope’s remarks are not an endorsement of any economic system by the church, but rather an attempt to find the right balance.

“The Catholic wisdom is always right smack down the middle,” Dolan told Meet the Press on Sunday, citing via media. Just as Pope John Paul II warned of the excesses of the Left that include “collectivism, socialism, communism,” Pope Francis bringing to attention the perils of “unfettered, cutthroat capitalism.”

“Different popes have corrected either side,” he continued. “Somewhere in between those two, there’s the answer.”

Dolan said comments such as Rush Limbaugh’s calling Pope Francis a “Marxist” are an example of “terrible hyperbole” that ignores what the pope is looking to achieve.

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