Thursday, February 21, 2019
University Scholar: Francis’s Book “Dialogos” shows Pope “Favors Socialism… Cuban Dictatorship… Authoritarian Role for the State… [&] not… the People”
Jose Azel, a senior scholar at the University of Miami, in the respected international relations quarterly journal World Affairs wrote a review of a book by Pope Francis, which he wrote in 1998 while he was still the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, which apparently the pontiff and Vatican don’t want publicized or read.
There is only one copy of Jorge Mario Bergoglio’s book “Dialogos Entre Juan Pablo y Fidel Castro [Dialogue between John Paul II and Fidel Castro]” available on Amazon and it is selling for $864.
The Spanish speaking Azel in his review of the book reported “[i]n my reading of the pope’s complex Spanish prose… :
– “he favors socialism over capitalism provided it incorporates theism…”
– “He does not take issue with Fidel Castro’s claim that ‘Karl Marx’s doctrine is very close to the Sermon on the Mount’… “
– “… and views the Cuban polity [form of government] as in harmony with the Church’s social doctrine…”
– “… Francis leaves no doubt that he sympathizes with the Cuban dictatorship…”
– “… and that he is not a fan of liberal democracy or markets…”
– “… He clearly believes in a very large, authoritarian role for the state in social and economic affairs…”
– “… his language in the prologue is reminiscent of the ‘liberation theology’… very intertwined [with] Marxist ideology. Fathered by Peruvian priest Gustavo Gutierrez, the movement provided the intellectual foundations that, with Cuban support, served to orchestrate’ wars of national liberation’ throughout the continent. It’s iconography portrayed Jesus as a guerrilla an AK-47 slung over his shoulder…”
– “… Francis speaks of a ‘shared solidarity’… that solidarity appears to be with the undemocratic, illegitimate authority in Cuba and not with the people…”
– “… Cubans will remember that this pope had a choice between freedom and authoritarianism.”
( World Affairs, “Whose Pope? Francis and Cuba,” Fall 2015)
The University of Miami senior scholar Azel in the article in his own translation of Francis’s book quotes the pope saying:
“[N]eoliberal capitalism is a model that subordinates human beings and conditions development to pure market forces… thus humanity attends a cruel spectacle that crystallizes the enrichment of the few at the expense of the impoverishment of the many.”
Pray an Our Father now for the restoration of the Church.