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April 29, 2014 - 9:46 am

Monday the Pope took to Twitter and tweeted this:

First question: Exactly what is “social evil?”

Second question: Whatever happened to the “seven deadly sins?” Among them are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. Those who rail about “inequality” may well be doing so for noble reasons. Or they may be motivated by any combination of lust, greed, sloth, wrath and envy, along with wounded pride because their achievements haven’t brought them up to a level to compete economically with the Donald Sterlings of the world. From what I’ve seen, the “inequality” craze is less motivated by any actual injustice, and more about securing political power over others and extorting property away from its owners.

Third question: Do papal tweets now carry the full weight of papal bulls?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Two words, Your Holiness: Tenth Commandment.
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Francis, if inequality is created, then sell the Treasures of the Vatican. The Pieta ought to fetch more now than the half million dollars Paul VI was asking for it in the Sixties.
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One should note carefully the Pope's words. He gave no "abstract" definition of "evil" (many a time the Pope has expressed his dislike for abstractions). He did not start with evil as rooted in the indiviudal who, in interaction with other individuals, brings forth social relations actualizing the evil acts exercised by individuals. (I am thinking here in terms of L. von Mises' "methodological individualism".) On the contrary, the Pope begins with SOCIAL evil (as if it were a "block" reality in itself determining individuals as opposed to being a product of interactional behavior between individual people) and then identifies the EVIL in (block) sociality as INequality (implying that EQUALITY is at the normative essence of goodness, righteousness, virtue). A shift (I think influenced by Liberaton Theology) is now possible from "sin" as an act of individuals, to "sin" as in essence perverted "sociality", viz., social structures. Any reduction of sin as an act of an individual to the social structure as the bearer of evil allows for social structures (e.g., free markets) to be dubbed per se as "sinful" (a favorite trick of Lib.Theo.). The overcoming of "sinful" sociality necessitates the (maybe revolutionary) RE-structuring of said sociality in such away that (individual) sin, seen as a socially caused act of realizing evil, is rendered impossilbe because its "root" has been radically rooted out. And what is the root? INequality? What would be the act of overcoming sin? The establishment of social "equality" which, as a priinciple, should form and inform the nature of sociality, i.e., HOW individuals should asSOCIAte with one another, i.e., once the root of evil is absented from the "social" structure. Is this socialism? It certainly sounds like it.

I presume that a society formed on and by the principle of EQUALITY will be one in which any differences between indviduals must be surpressed if they are seen as enabling one individual (or class) to be superior in any way OVER another. De facto the moral principle informing sociality should be: "From each according to ability and to each according to his needs" (and we all know who said that). The trick will be just how the "needs" of any individual of the populace are not to result in INequality. The "equalité" of the French Revolution quickly cut off the heads of "fraternité". It seems that ridding the world of inequality can produce a "difference" which by itself can result in a radical/root inequality, i.e. of those allowed to live and those not.
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Where the seven deadly sins can certainly describe a population or people, they are predominantly sins of the individual. Equality, and thus inequality, takes at least two or more for it to exist. Inequality as a "social evil" exists when one or more of the seven sins describe a surplus of the population (greed, gluttony, envy, pride, or sloth).
I would think the Pope would tread a bit more carefully around politically charged statements. Where concern for the poor is his driving concern, he cannot like the corruption, abuses or increasing godlessness that drive the current socialist regimes.
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He could get quite enthusiastic about seeing inequality as a sin if he came from the "Liberation Theology" camp that was so influential in South America not too long ago. I don't know his background but I've heard it said that many people perceive him as a Leftist (for The People, against Capitalism), although others see him as more moderate. I truly don't know but I think it bears some investigation so that we know where he is coming from in an ideological sense.
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Two words, Your Holiness: Tenth Commandment.
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Francis, if inequality is created, then sell the Treasures of the Vatican. The Pieta ought to fetch more now than the half million dollars Paul VI was asking for it in the Sixties.
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Inequality begets envy, envy begets socialism, socialism begets evil.

Seems spot on to me.
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No, socialism IS evil.


It is not evil because it produces bad results. It produces bad results because it is evil.

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Hey, he's right. Look at those not-so-rich losing their health care just because they have a pre-existing condition while our overlords in the political class get to keep their Cadillac plans.

And really, what would happen if you were caught cheating on your income tax a la Tim Geithner?
26 weeks ago
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Give him credit. The Pontiff has finally found something on which he will not fecklessly throw up his hands and whimper "who am I to judge?"
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Nothing new here. Popes have been making up new and unbiblical doctrines for hundreds of years.
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Pretty soon it will dawn on people that those bemoaning "inequality" are some of the richest. Then, like lying, income inequality will become one of those necessary things in order to keep society functioning. Lying only became the necessary grease against society friction when Clinton was caught. So which Prog needs to be exposed for this to become good? Warren?
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Obviously not Obama himself, Hilary Clinton, Reid, Pelosi, Soros or Steyer.
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