For the 1.2 billion Catholics, it seems that the Church will be from now on the Church of the poor and downtrodden, more than it has ever been, which brings about a part of the Sermon of the Mount that always gave me pause (Luke 6):
"You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn't sow, and gather where I didn't scatter. You ought therefore to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received back my own with interest. Take away therefore the talent from him, and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will be given, and he will have abundance, but from him who doesn't have, even that which he has will be taken away. Throw out the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
This famous parable does seem to stress profitability, banking, return on investment and all other capitalist tenets. The “poor” servant was actually punished and the rich is rewarded. What gives?
I do not think Jesus ever meant to chastise the wealthy or to condone the lazy who chooses to stay poor. Hence some of the misinterpretation among members of the clergy who are veering left and advocating “fair” distribution of wealth in sort of a social democratic regime.
The left brings with it: contraception, abortion, gay marriage, removal of God from the pledge of allegiance, abolishing school prayers, nativity scenes and Christmas trees, women’s right to priesthood, priests marriage, etc. I am certain the clergy does not support any of that so why would they even consider voting left?
If it is to help the poor, this is a sheer human task that neither right nor left has a monopoly on, except the left demagogues more to its advantage. There is a lot more charity giving in the USA than anywhere else in the world and most of it is done by rich people and corporations. Members of the clergy should remember that when they take a political stance.
History gives us a plethora of examples of leftist regimes where religious freedom was all but abolished and people’s incomes were equalized using the LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR, meaning they all became equally poor. I do not believe the Church wants that. Pope Francis maybe wants to reduce the Vatican’s Pomp and Circumstance, lavish expenditures and trappings of wealth. That would be commendable and I wish our government will emulate him. I trust both Francis and Obama remember that they are Pope and President of both rich AND poor.