God's messenger comes down to remind us of the true meaning of scandal

This guy! He's passing Sinatra (and fictional Underwood) as my all-time favorite Francis:

Pope Francis has hit out at unbridled capitalism and the "cult of money", calling for ethical reform of the financial system to create a more humane society.

In an impassioned appeal, the Argentinian pontiff said politicians needed to be bold in tackling the root causes of the economic crisis, which he said lay in an acceptance of money's "power over ourselves and our society".

"We have created new idols," he said in a speech in the Vatican. "The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal."

Attacking unchecked capitalism, the pope said the growing inequality in society was caused by "ideologies which uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and thus deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good."

In all seriousness, I wonder what someone like Rick Santorum or Antonin Scalia -- conservative, pro-corporate politicians who are also devout Catholics (who attend the same ultra-traditional parish in Virginia) -- makes of Pope Francis. I'm sure they nodded in ascent when past popes make bland pronoucements about helping the poor -- who could be against that? -- but this new Pope is a game-changer, launching a radical assault on the diminished soul of modern capitalism.

Now there's some talking points somewhere in there that need to be subpoenaed.

Have a great weekend.

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