In his first major work, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to commit itself to fighting poverty and called on world leaders to become more concerned about the current state of society. He opened the door to reforms of Vatican bureaucracy while reaffirming that female priests and the church’s opposition to abortion is ‘not open to discussion.
Francis decried the unfettered capitalism that has created “a new tyranny” and an “idolatry of money” Tuesday in his first major work as pontiff.“
“Just as the commandment ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say ‘thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality. Such an economy kills,” Francis wrote in his apostolic exhortation, which amounts to a platform for his papacy.
“How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”
Francis, 76, called on leaders the world over to guarantee people “dignified work, education and health care” in the exhortation called “Evangelii Gaudium” (The Joy of the Gospel).