“Pope Francis’s remarks, though strong, even a bit exaggerated, in the prophetic manner, are best understood in the framework of Catholic social teaching.” (UPDATED)

Pope Francis

There continues to be much buzz in the ‘sphere and in social media about Pope Francis and his strong criticism of free markets and capitalist economies.  It’s easy to dismiss the rabid who are quick to launch ad hominems and insults against him, the modus operandi employed revealing effectively their moral bankruptcy.

But there are those who, though restrained in the manner chosen to voice their critiques, are nevertheless increasingly troubled by what it is this Pope is saying.  It is to these reasonable yet concerned people that Fr. Robert Barron speaks, as only he can, in this much needed video put out by the Word On Fire team:

Excellent stuff, as usual, from Fr. Barron who’s making a trek to a local church here in a few weeks as one of a number of speakers headlining for the Bishop Keane Institute. I’ve already bought my tickets and look forward big time to his talk.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.

UPDATE: Fr. Barron has been named the auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles by Pope Francis:

It was with enormous surprise that I received word of my appointment as auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, but it is with a humble and joyful heart that I accept it. The Church of Los Angeles—the most populous in the United States—is energetic, diverse, and creative. Over the years, I’ve visited many times, including multiple trips to the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim; most recently, I was in the Archdiocese for a lecture at Thomas Aquinas College. So though I can’t claim to know it well, I have been able to taste and see some of its richness.
The late Francis Cardinal George—the spiritual grandfather of Word on Fire—was a mentor and friend to me. The mission closest to his heart was the evangelization of the culture, bringing Christ to the arenas of media, politics, law, education, the arts, etc. I can’t think of a more exciting field for this sort of work than Los Angeles, which is certainly one of the great cultural centers of our time.

I hope this means we’ll be hearing more, and not less, from this good man.

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