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Pope Francis and Bernie Sanders Have Much in Common

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Sanders arrives at vaticanby William Kilpatrick, Turning Point Project

Watching Bernie Sanders’s speech announcing his candidacy for president, it struck me that — except for the part about a woman’s right to choose — Pope Francis would have found himself in agreement with just about every item on the aging socialist warrior’s agenda.

This reminded me for the umpteenth time that the pope has far more radical ideas than most people realize. Like Bernie Sanders, the pope is a socialist. He has had many unkind words about capitalism (“the dung of the devil”), but no corresponding criticism of socialism. Like Sanders, his ideas about economics were shaped by Marxist thinkers and activists. And just as Sanders and other socialist Democrats are moving the Democratic Party leftward, so also Pope Francis is attempting to move the Church in the same direction.

Although the field of candidates for the 2016 presidential election was a very large one, only one candidate received an invitation to speak at the Vatican. Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, invited Bernie Sanders to speak because, said Sorondo, his views “are very analogous to that of the pope.” Sanders, who confessed to being a big fan of the pope, saw the invitation in the same light:

“Look, I believe that the reason for which I was invited to participate.”

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