Conservatives squawk over pope’s tweet on inequality

Return To Article
Add a comment
  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    April 30, 2014 10:05 p.m.


    My "translated correctly" comment was sarcasm - a nod to those who make the choice to justify ignoring that which they don't want to do.

    I agree, the teaching of Jesus at the very least implies voluntary choice.

    And the words of the Pope in no way disagreed with that concept. His actions - not living in the Papal palace, investigating and disciplining high-living priests, spending time in a simple Roman Collar (priest suit) in soup kitchens - indicate that he does more than pay lip service to the concept, and expects other Catho... Christians to do the same.

    I enjoy the howls of the "religious right" when the Pope challenges them with something like "inequality is the root of all social evil." These modern rich young rulers are so quick to list their righteous deeds - voting for God's candidate, owning the right gun, paying a tithe calculated to the penny, never letting coffee touch their lips - and yet so offended at a phrase that seems to closely fit with something a Jewish carpenter might have said.

    April 30, 2014 7:45 p.m.


    I think it was translated correctly.

    Christ's desire is that we voluntarily follow him. Satan's plan was to force everyone to follow him. There could hardly be a more fundamental difference than that.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    April 30, 2014 6:43 p.m.

    @the truth: "There is not one scriptural basis for forcibly taking another property and money. OR using force and coercion in any other way."

    True. There is, however, this part: “There is still one thing you lack,” Jesus said. “Sell all you have and give the money to the poor—it will become treasure for you in heaven—and come, follow me.” Luke 18:22

    Probably wasn't translated correctly.

    As Stephen Colbert noted: "If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn't help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we've got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don't want to do it."

  • the truth Holladay, UT
    April 30, 2014 5:38 p.m.

    So how does everyone propose we make everyone equal?

    Christ advocated teaching morals and correct principles.

    There is not one scriptural basis for forcibly taking another property and money. OR using force and coercion in any other way.

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    April 30, 2014 5:21 p.m.

    Not a Catholic, not likely to ever be a Catholic, but I do like this guy.

  • Ranch Here, UT
    April 30, 2014 12:23 p.m.

    Kinda shows who the real Christian is IMO.


    The rich don't need to worry since they're not likely to be able to enter into heaven anyway (if you take Jesus' words about them into account).

  • Utes Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 29, 2014 11:10 p.m.

    I never would have guessed that quoting from LDS scripture would get a post denied at the Deseret News, but I guess that is the case:

    Doctrine And Covenants 49:20

    20 But it is not given that one man should possess that which is above another, wherefore the world lieth in sin.

  • Dr. G Bountiful, UT
    April 29, 2014 10:32 p.m.

    Shaun: I think conservatives, defending millionaires and billionaires to Christ might say something like:

    The monied man or women can suffer as large a curse in the development of Christlike virtues as can the one who lacks it. The prior can buy anything with his/her money including pride, vanity, possessions, and freedom from the responsibility to help his/her fellow man. The later's lack of money can canker the soul with envy, covetousness, thievery, and malice.

    In the end, the very inequality so many profess to hate, is the difference that allows each and every soul to decide if they will follow Christ and personify his virtues or if they will reject His message.

    We may come to find out, at some point in the future, that inequality was the fire that refined the soul or left it to dregs.

  • Shaun Sandy, UT
    April 29, 2014 9:58 p.m.

    I wonder how conservatives would defend billionaires and millionaires to Jesus. I am not necessarily arguing inequality issues in the sense but when you make 20 million a year and you believe in Christian principles how do you defend that to Jesus?

    Wouldn't the Christian thing to do is donate 19 million and live off 1 million? Or is retaining the 19 million the Christian thing to do?

    April 29, 2014 8:03 p.m.

    That definitely was an ambiguous tweet.

    On the one hand, that's what the American Revolution was about - equality of opportunity.

    On the other hand, some define "equality" as meaning equality of outcome. I think that was Satan's plan.