Conservatives Fear Pope ‘Seems to Have Fallen in with Communism’

Radio host Rush Limbaugh says Pope Francis is “scary” and “a little out there” in his call to demonstrate “genuine faith” by opening their wallets even more to the poor.

“A man of religion, the vicar of Christ, seems to have fallen in with the communist way of doing things,” Limbaugh said on his national broadcast Wednesday, “controlling mankind through command-and-control governments backed by police or military power. This is what the pope is essentially calling for. The problem is, human beings suffer under collectivist or communist regimes. They do not prosper. That’s the history of the world. The history of humanity is tyranny, and the people who live in tyranny do not prosper, by definition.”

Limbaugh quoted the pope extensively from a National Catholic Reporter article, as Francis said focusing on poverty and sacrificing for the poor are the heart of the Gospel, not signs of communism.

During Tuesday’s mass in Vatican City, the pontiff said being fully Christian means being rich in spirit, faith, the Word, wisdom and zeal – things that Jesus has taught and offered all people.

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