Pope Francis has seen the enemy . . .

. . . and the enemy is us — free-market capitalists with hearts of stone.

In case there was any doubt left, Pope Francis made it clear that he shares little in common with U.S. conservatives.

The pontiff released his Evangelii Gaudium, or Joy of the Gospel, attacking capitalism as a form of tyranny and calling on church and political leaders to address the needs of the poor.

As long as the problems of the poor are not radically resolved by rejecting the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation and by attacking the structural causes of inequality, no solution will be found for the worlds problems or, for that matter, to any problems, the pope said in the 224-page document that essentially serves as his official platform.

The good news is, he did not endorse liberal democrats by name. “Pope endorses Hillary!” What a headline that would make. Or “ObamaCare the cat’s meow, says Pope.” He did have ideas about campaign slogans, however:

Denying this was simple populism, he called for action “beyond a simple welfare mentality” and added: “I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor.”

Hey, for “genuinely disturbed” politicians, consult the campaign platforms the world over, no one more than Marxists’.

But to judge by news accounts, not a word about political corruption, vote-stealing, and state-run economies that favor the connected. Too bad. He can’t hit all the world’s evils in one swoop.

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