In episode 36 of the Grover Norquist Show, ATR president Grover Norquist discusses Pope Francis’s visit to America with Catholic activist Deal Hudson. Grover and Deal discuss how the media has distorted the economic message of Pope Francis to fit their political agenda. The media put a spin on Pope Francis’ message to make him seem like an anti-capitalist crusader. This could not be farther from the truth; the Catholic Church strongly supports the benefits of the free market. This stance is laid out Pope John Paul II’s 1994 encyclical, Centesimus annus. In essence, free market capitalism greatly serves the common good when pursued with virtue. While the Pope’s words are his own interpretation of the Bible’s teachings, it is important to defer to official Church doctrine.
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