Pope laments a 'tired' Europe; decries joblessness

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  • artmom DENVER, CO
    Sept. 24, 2014 6:58 a.m.

    The European countries have embraced Socialism, and Socialism always damages countries. Socialism makes it difficult to start and operate businesses by imposing onerous regulations and high taxes. This is why there's no jobs for the young people.

    Also, Socialism encourages people to feel entitled to be supported by the state instead of relying on themselves. I'm guessing that the Europeans think that it's the state's job to take care of the elderly.

  • happy2bhere clearfield, UT
    June 18, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    And to think many in the political class here in America look at Europe as the example of where we as a nation should be going.

  • New Yorker Pleasant Grove, UT
    June 16, 2014 5:13 p.m.

    I've spent some time living in Europe, and Pope Francis is spot-on with his assessment of the desperate need for a latter-day European Renaissance.

    If not, Europe will soon become irrelevant as it simply evaporates, leaving room for more robust societies. Parts of the United States are likewise slipping. Immigrants to Europe and the United States, legal or otherwise, will quietly fill the vacuum with their robust take on life.

    A simple belief in Darwin will lead anyone to this conclusion, but Christianity, which is founded on a committed discipleship to Jesus Christ, can only thrive among robust peoples.

    Thank you Pope Francis!

  • brotherJonathan SLC, UT
    June 16, 2014 10:07 a.m.

    If Pope Francis or Pres. Thomas S. Monson would address the revelation from God; Satan is instinct mechanism. We Christians could battle our true adversary. Survival Instinct which blinds us to the evils we participate in here at home.
    Bribery, Slavery-based drug laws, Abortion without due process rights for new citizens all violate our code of conduct and the rules God gave us for government.
    Equality Under All Laws,,period.
    We must oppose our evil practices and share this gift from God.
    God created Satan/instinct programs so we could have life.
    Now God gives us knowledge of how he operates every life form.
    His machines; knowing this truth is in direct opposition to instinctual powers over all living flesh. It has been Satan's secret, but now God in his mercy delivers us from bondage.
    More choices to go with knowledge of right and wrongs. Less blinded to reality, as before.
    This is our evolutionary hurtle to cross. Pray to God we share this gift now, not at a later time.
    If you doubt these words are from God? Ask yourself if you want IBM Watson team to release its answer: "Is Instinct Mechanism an Artificial Intelligence Program?"