NEW YORK – Pope Francis’ claim that he is not a Marxist has been widely interpreted as a response to criticism leveled by talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh against criticism of the free-market system in the 84-page apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium,”or “The Joy of the Gospel.”
As WND reported Dec. 5, the major Italian newspaper La Stampa cited WND and Limbaugh in an article about opposition to Francis’ views on poverty and wealth, framing the debate as “the world of the conservative USA vs. Bergoglio.”
Over the weekend, Francis said he knew many “good” Marxists but was not one himself.
“Marxist ideology is wrong,” Francis explained to La Stampa in an interview published Dec. 14. “But in my life I have met a lot of good people, so I do not feel offended.”