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It occurs to me that he is Argentinian, one of the countries who renounced their debt. All of Latin American has suffered under austerity plans.

It can't be lost on Francis that Portugal, Italy, Ireland, and Spain, the countries suffering the most from EU imposed austerity, are predominately Catholic, and the countries imposing those plans are predominately Protestant.

I suspect that one of the reasons he was chosen is that third world cardinals wanted someone who would take on the banksters.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

the countries suffering the most from EU imposed austerity, are predominately Catholic, and the countries imposing those plans are predominately Protestant.

I don't think this is true. Wikipedia says that France is predominately Catholic, and Germany is roughly equal parts Catholic, Protestant, and non-believers/unaffiliated. Those two countries are the major players in the European banking sector.

As for the new pope, I don't know what effect he'll have. I wish him luck trying to change minds among Western elites, but somehow I think they're immune to persuasion from that sector. It's hard to believe that the "God wants you to be rich" crowd can't rationalize their behavior, whatever the Bible might say on the issue.

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Submitted by hyperpolarizer on

I am no Catholic, nor no Christian neither; but I have for years felt a connection to the historical St. Francis of Assisi, not least for his espousal of compassion; and I think it just possible that our current Pontiff is trying (by his lights) to live up to the example of his namesake.

If that be so, well, saints be praised and more power to him!

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Submitted by letsgetitdone on

the land that implemented the Jefes program, a jobs measure that was somewhat similar, but much less comprehensive than the MMT job guarantee proposal. Remember Pavlina's presentation on the subject?

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Submitted by Andre on

The Catholic church has pretty much accepted the proposal that Europe may be a lot cause for Catholicism. They also seem to have the view, and this is a good thing to know, Francis has got the PR thing down pat The Church is looking to the third world now, and I think that may be a reflection of how this guy got elected. He was also, IIRC, the second choice when Ratzinger was elected. So he just moved up. So far I like what he's saying, but I'm still bothered about his history in his native country, and in particular,how he didn't know that the military was stealing babies and killing off parents.