CANADA: Pope Francis Delivers Surprise TED Talk, Calls For Worldwide “Revolution Of Tenderness” [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

Pope Francis used a world forum dedicated to promoting cutting-edge ideas to spread his own revolutionary message: “We all need each other.”

“When there is an ‘us,’ there begins a revolution,” the world’s most powerful religious leader told the room of scientists, academics, tech innovators, investors and cultural elites in a surprise videotaped message at the international TED conference Tuesday evening.

Keeping with the intent of the week-long conference to share strategies to make the world better, Francis’s contribution to that conversation was to urge the people gathered here to use their influence and power to care for others.

“How wonderful would it be if the growth of scientific and technological innovation would come along with more equality and social inclusion,” he said to applause. “How wonderful would it be, while we discover faraway planets, to rediscover the needs of the brothers and sisters orbiting around us.”

More from NBC News:

He also called for a “revolution of tenderness,” explaining: “Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need.”

On the problems of global consumerism, he told the audience: “Only by educating people to a true solidarity will we be able to overcome the culture of waste,” adding that the issue was not just about food and goods but also “people who are cast aside by our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core instead of people.”

He concluded his talk: “We all need each other. And so, please, think of me as well with tenderness, so that I can fulfil the task I have been given for the good of others, of each and every one, of all of you, of all of us.”

  • Gustav2

    Who?

    • Statistics Palin

      Pope Frances.

      • Gustav2

        I don’t know her

        • Rex

          Thanks, Mariah.

  • MaryJOGrady

    Tell that to the HIV patients in Africa who listened to their bishops’ lies that condoms don’t prevent the spread of the virus.
    Tell that to the pregnant 12-year-olds forced to give birth at the risk of their lives, Mr. Bergoglio.

    • Gustav2

      Tell that to the order that crazy lady started in India where they believe those who are suffering before death are closer to Gawd.

      Oh yeah, and make her some kind of saint for helping people suffer.

      • Boreal

        Gawd loved her hefty bank account, sinners, not so much.

      • MaryJOGrady

        Well said.

  • Boreal
    • Rex

      If you have a dick you can’t win.

    • david fairfield

      BUT…..only the one’s having to do with being gay/transgendered apply today. HYPOCRISY! It’s the pick and choose the person who gets to have gods love plan…

    • Ninja0980

      Feel the Christian love!

      • Ragnar Lothbrok

        Every time I felt it, it hurt like hell.

        • Todd20036

          Sorry. Totally my bad.

      • Robincho

        Is it in yet?…

        • Todd20036

          Just the tip

    • Ragnar Lothbrok

      I will never understand the concept of circumcision Never.

      • Adam King

        If you’re a primitive barbaric warrior, you count your kills in battle by cutting off your enemies’ foreskins. If your tribe cuts off their own foreskins you can tell your tribe from the enemy. So the practice is a tribal marker. If your dudes don’t want to have their foreskins cut off, tell them your tribal god said they had to. Simple.

        • vorpal

          Seems… kinda… gay.

          And what do you do with all those foreskins, anyway? Make them into a stretchy leather jacket?

          • Treant

            If you rub the jacket a little, it turns into a tent.

          • yes b’y

            hi vorpal, wasn’t there a joke about chewing gum?

          • vorpal

            I don’t mind a little chewing :D.

          • yes b’y

            Don’t forget what Horace Fletcher said chew your food 32 times before you swallow.

          • Adam King

            They string them for easy counting, of course, like Chinese money or rosary beads.

          • vorpal

            Now I’m deathly afraid to do a Google image search for “foreskin necklace.”

      • vorpal

        Don’t you want to look like daddy?
        (Because we all spend so much time staring at our fathers’ penises.)

      • Boreal

        Jesus likes cut cocks?

    • yes b’y

      the evil bastard

  • Elagabalus

    When that “revolution of tenderness” from the Catholic Church extends to gay people be sure to let me know. Until then I’ll keep my Bloody Mary tradition going on Sunday mornings.

  • bkmn
  • Tawreos

    Is that what your priests are doing to the kids they rape, showing tenderness? If you want to be taken seriously you can start by cleaning up your own house first!

  • BJORN RAGNVALDR

    I’ve used my hands to comfort a lot of people and you called it evil. Fuck. Off!

    • Todd20036

      Not that there is anything wrong with being evil, mind you….

      • Bad Tom

        Evil For a Good Cause.

  • vorpal

    TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, and Design.
    I don’t think that the Pope falls under any of those categories.

    • BJORN RAGNVALDR

      Giving comfort can be entertaining…..

      • vorpal

        And in all fairness, I guess I have laughed AT the pope more than a few times.

    • MB
      • vorpal

        Definitely not “intelligent” design.

        • Bad Tom

          Almost certainly Tre Bucs, though.

      • Tawreos

        I just love the way it scream “humble servant of god”

        • Silver Badger

          He’s starting to look a bit like a zombie, himself.

          • Adam King

            That’s the last pope, Pope Creepy Vampire XVI, not the current Pope Dotty Old Uncle.

          • Silver Badger

            Thank you. There have been so many popes. It’s hard to keep track.

          • Tawreos

            I thought he was referred to as Darth Pope?

      • Bad Tom

        Design, yes. Gaudy, over the top, design.

        • vorpal
          • Ernest Endevor

            I think this remains the most blasphemous and scathing account of the Vatican. You may well have seen it but if not… (music, Nino Rota; cozzies Danilo Donati)
            https://youtu.be/QMQ4JicUs1A

          • yes b’y

            oops i didn’t see your post and posted it above

          • Ernest Endevor

            It can never be posted too often.

          • Holey MARY!

          • yes b’y

            looks like those gloves are fake and he is really playing pocket pool thru the slits in his frock

          • Bad Tom

            What a grump!

          • andrew

            He actually claims to be a follower of Jesus Christ. LOL.

          • vorpal 😼

            Look at that joy riddled face. He’s clearly filled with Jesus’ love!

      • yes b’y

        reminds me of the papal fashion show in Fellini’s Roma

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIcFNSQXj24

    • Rex

      I thought it was Totally Egregious Dickhead.
      My bad.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      What’s religion, if not tax-exempt entertainment?

      • vorpal

        Even though I’m a really horrible person, I still kind of feel bad laughing at the mentally handicapped. (Hit mute before watching.)
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a54iqEr1flQ

        • kcken

          Oh no, the music makes it better. I thought about posting this on my facebook over easter weekend. You know, to offset the 5 million (he has risen) posts…

        • yes b’y

          I’m not gay no more. I loves women, women, women…….

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFtMVY-uD-0

  • james1200

    He also called for a “revolution of tenderness,” explaining: “Tenderness means to use our hands and our heart to comfort the other, to take care of those in need. Especially young, confused, boys, did I say young, I think I did, very young, who need a sturdy, firm hand to guide and comfort them, loving, tender hands to hold and stroke them, gently…”

    They cut him off at that point.

    • vorpal

      I figured by “tenderness” he was referring to “tenderizing” LGBT people by stoning us to death.

      • Todd20036

        I do love to tenderize my gays before curing them.
        Helps to absorb the marinate better.

        • MB

          I prefer a nice glaze.

          :-0

  • Nic Peterson

    He ended the talk with: JK!

  • crewman

    It seems strange to me that he is somehow linking advancement of science with a need for compassion for fellow humans. Scientists and liberals are very often the most compassionate people, at least in the US. He needs to be linking the need for compassion with the dismantling of education, the EPA, corporate oversight, healthcare, etc. — i.e., the GOP agenda, i.e. the agenda the religious right supports and promotes.

    • The_Wretched

      It’s a standard catholic line under their umbrella idea of ‘compatibilism’. They just define things into little boxes and say that you need all the boxes. If they recognized facts like Scientists supporting the Arts in high percentages, it ruins their little narrative.

    • Adam King

      Perhaps the problem is that he’s full of shit.

  • PickyPecker
    • Gustav2

      “Thank you, I saw it in the window and I just couldn’t resist it”.

      • BJORN RAGNVALDR
        • Dreaming Vertebrate

          This little dino nearly busted his gut laughing when he first saw that skit. True comic genius.

        • Tawreos

          One of my all time favorite TV moments

          • Gay Fordham Prep Grad

            It was one of the nights on TV I will never forget, please God. This skit came on after the long awaited first time ever showing of “Gone with the Wind” on network TV (over two nights). It had a huge TV audience. Almost everyone watching the CB show thus knew where the skit was coming from and knew it context. When this came on, the laughter went for at least 4 minutes on CBS. It is hysterical now…but people were falling out of their chairs then. A golden moment in network TV.

          • JCF

            I’ll never forget seeing this live—how my mom practically fell out of her chair laughing. [NB to kids here: “Gone With the Wind”, of which this is a parody, had only very recently begun to be broadcast on TV.]

      • Beagle

        Not to mention, “Melody, the punch needs a little more sugar. Why don’t you dunk your head in the punch bowl?” “Okay!”
        (If Carol Burnett were any less of a comic genius, Dinah Shore would have stolen that sketch.)

      • GayOldLady

        We watched “Gone with the Wind” last weekend and the first thing that came to my mind when the curtain scene began was Carol Burnett’s unforgettable portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara.

        • MaryJOGrady

          Austin’s long-running cabaret troupe, “Esther’s Follies,” did something similar for me when they performed a takeoff on “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.” I can no longer see that play or movie without thinking of their production number in which Maggie the Cat sang, “Don’t fuck with me, Sister Woman,” to the tune of “Don’t Cry for me, Argentina.”

      • worstcultever

        The curtain-rod bit was a bit of genius inspiration from costume designer Bob Mackie. I think that moment still holds some record for longest sustained audience laff in tv history or something.

        Carol’s done a couple of memoirs in recent years – the latest about her show and all the guests and stuff. Always smart and interesting.

    • Mark McGovern

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Pwem815YTI

      Not all Carol, but these three were hilarious.

    • Dreaming Vertebrate

      It’s also Melanoma’s 47th birthday.
      In three years, Donnie gets to trade her in for a new model.

      • bambinoitaliano

        He already did years ago. The limp dick just can’t get it up anymore. Twitter rant is his orgasm now.

        • Todd20036

          It’s also why she lives in NYC and he lives in DC (part-time)

      • Todd20036

        She’s 47? Usually, when one looks youthful at that age that means he/she has been blessed with good genetics.
        In this case, it means she was blessed with several bankrolled surgeons.

      • JaniceInToronto

        He could marry Kaitlyn! Win win!

    • David Walker

      I was always “so glad we had this time together.” There is one production that I can’t find anywhere, a TV movie called “Friendly Fire.” She played a mother whose son was killed in Nam by friendly fire. It was perhaps her first dramatic role. I remember it being very good, and it’s disappeared.

      On the other hand, we have so much of her truly inspired comic genius:
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOpv1VN5L6A

      And if you don’t have time, start this around 2:00 in

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=baeGaolxY-o&t=116s

      • BlueberriesForMe

        FWIW, there is a DVD version of “Friendly Fire” on Amazon.
        I also found it in our library catalog system (Metro Boston area).

        I had forgotten that the movie was based on a book which was derived from a series of articles in The New Yorker back in the ’70s.

        • David Walker

          Thank you. I’m off to Amazonia.

    • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

      She is another one of those people that I’d love to meet. Amazing timing, never failed to being a smile to my face.

      • Treant

        I met her, back in the seventies when her show was seriously hot, for about two minutes. She wouldn’t remember me, but I remember a woman who was very nice to a very young fan.

        • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

          I don’t doubt that for a minute. She’s a real, American, treasure.

    • yes b’y
  • Boreal
    • david fairfield

      This is brilliant!

      • Boreal

        It is simply true.

    • TampaZeke

      You could do a similar display of Christians protesting trans people using public restrooms vs. Christians protesting convicted child molesters using public restrooms. You could use a photo of the loud and proud homo/transphobic pastor who ranted and raved about protecting women and girls from trans women in bathrooms and was just sentenced to 35 years for molesting boys and girls in his church.

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    • VodkaAndPolitics

      Entirely untrue… Just google, “Protests sexual abuse by priests,” you’ll see hundreds of images. We need to be better than the other side and not spread fake news of any type.

      http://www.metronews.ca/content/dam/thestar/2013/03/05/dsc_4016.jpeg.size.xxlarge.letterbox.jpeg

      • Boreal

        Bullshit. The protests against catholic pedophilia are minuscule while the RCC has bankrolled organizations such as NOM to fight against our rights.

        • VodkaAndPolitics

          It’s just different…. Protests generally indicate that one is trying to change an institution worth saving. 10s of Millions of Catholics have just simply left the church. It doesn’t make for a big show, but the impact is probably far greater.

          • VodkaAndPolitics

            I think they call it “Voting with your feet”

          • Boreal

            Don’t accuse me of spreading fake news. The RCC adamantly opposes our rights and bankrolls haters to do it while shielding pedophile priests and then accusing us of being pedophiles. I don’t care how many have left the church. There are still millions of adherents who claim we are less than human and this pope is one of them.

          • VodkaAndPolitics

            I am absolutely going to call out your Bull Shit…

            “In the U.S., a 2014 Pew poll found that 57 percent of Catholics support gay marriage, including 75 percent of Catholics age 18 to 29 and even 45 percent of regular churchgoers. (In the same survey, 70 percent of Catholics said homosexuality should be accepted, including 60 percent of weekly churchgoers.)”

            Catholics support us more than the general population. You want to criticize the hierarchy, you’d be right to do so, but don’t come for everyday Catholics… they’re our allies.

            I can’t stand the “Us vs. Them” bullshit that happens on this site sometimes. There is no such thing as black and white, if you despise everyone who thinks or acts different than you, you’re no better than our adversaries.

          • Boreal

            Fuck you. I have zero time for Catholic fellators and supplicants. Welcome to blocking.

            I could give two fucks what people who worship imaginary friends think.

          • VodkaAndPolitics

            I refuse to sit here and let the work of progressive christians, who, by the way are fighting for YOUR rights, simply be erased because you “Have zero time.” There are millions upon millions of people who dedicate themselves to peace, love, tolerance, social justice, and love of neighbor. Educate yourself. Go to your pride parades and watch them march, we’re everywhere, and we’re part of the path to success.

          • JCF

            Thank you, VandP.

            I do tire of the “there’s ZERO protest [against religious assholery]”, and then when you show the protest, the **goalposts change** to “it’s miniscule” or “it’s not effective”.

            We who believe in science cannot go around changing the criteria midstream. That’s intellectually dishonest.

          • kcken

            Dude, are you high ?

            You do remember they shuffled around and hid a bunch of priests that they KNEW were child molesters, some for more than 20 years. TWENTY YEARS.

            They paid millions in lawsuits for ruining innocent children’s lives. And when they eventually had their asses handed to them in the courts they started claiming bankruptcy. The richest organization on earth, couldn’t pony up the cash to cover their own fucking sins.

            They will only tolerate us if we choose a life of celibacy, because to them, we still are, and always will be, nothing but a deviant sinner.

            And Boreal is right, they support an endless list of hate groups, who not ironically run adverts telling people that WE are the danger to children.

            And it doesn’t matter that SOME have left the church. It doesn’t mean they had a change of heart, some of them left because the church is less hostile to gays now.

          • VodkaAndPolitics

            Again, you’re talking about the Catholic Hierarchy, and I agree whole heartedly, but everyday people had nothing to do with it.

          • prixator

            There wouldn’t be a hierarchy without the “everyday people” who support them with time and money.

          • Boreal

            He is delusional. A few years back he said the same thing about the haters, that we should be nice to them, in other words, doormats and that they would magically change because of our kindness. He got his ass handed to him right here on this blog thingy.

  • barrixines

    Does this mean the Catholic Church will no longer be the loudest voice against marriage equality in Australia? Will they no longer try to prevent gay and lesbian couples from adopting children? Will they re-employ all the school teachers fired across the world for being gay or just merely supporting LGBT rights? Will they stop overall being one of the biggest single funders of anti-gay initiatives in the world? Will they finally understand that they enter into the rules of their particularly sect voluntarily and those rules have no bearing on the rest of us? If that’s a no, Frankie, tenderness is still a little way off.

    • 2guysnamedjoe

      “Sure, Jan,” says Frankie.

  • it’s really hard for me to utterly hate this one, like i did the last one and a whole mess of cardinals. he sure does give a good speech, and you want to believe he’s doing good as well as speaking it.

    but i know better. i’m not a cynic of the church, i’m an historian of it. and the recent record is really, really evil. the only way this guy can actually win my respect is if he does something about the pedophile scandals that seemingly are the core of his organization. i mean, are any of them *not* raping children? at this point, one has to ask.

    and anyway, call me when the church sells some of the incredibly valuable art it owns, and uses that money to set up clinics in poor areas, where women can receive proper reproductive care for free. schools would be nice too, real ones; the catholics are actually pretty ok with schooling. but giving speeches to inspire rich people to be nice to others? this is less than impressive.

    • Bad Tom

      I agree with you 100%.
      Talk is cheap; real, forthright action would be impressive.
      Still waiting.

    • Adam King

      Funny, I have no trouble hating this international criminal at all.

    • Friday

      His speeches to other than American Catholics (who lean progressive ) tell a whole other story, particularly toward LGBT people. Particularly in other countries and languages.

  • Silver Badger

    How is Pope Franny responding to the situation in Chechnya?

    • Boreal

      By not mentioning it.

      • Silver Badger

        How tender! KKKristian luv at it’s finest.

  • David Walker

    “…our techno-economic systems which, without even realizing it, are now putting products at their core instead of people.” Sorry, love. I think they fully realize it.

    • Friday

      Though I think it’s past even ‘products’ and into ‘numbers for the ultra-rich.’

  • Natty Enquirer

    Watch out Dalai Lama, Francesca is muscling in on your territory of unassailable platitudes and vague progressivism.

  • david fairfield

    “Us” has never included lgbt’s. But if you fit into Pope Fuck’s mold of “us”, I’m certain that the idea of coming together sounds great!

  • John Ruff

    The leader of a global terrorist organization said what?

  • Mikey

    “to urge the people gathered here to use their influence and power to care for others.”???????????????
    that’s all scientists have been doing for decades!
    it’s the religious people who are fighting against this.

  • ECor

    I wish people would stay on topic. Maybe JoeMyGod should have a chat room? Just a suggestion. I, for one, would participate more in comments if there was not so much chit chat to read through and then maybe take time to visit with the visitors. If I have offended anyone I am sorry. In the past year I seemed to have developed a real knack for pissing people off; and no, I am not on team Trump.

    • John Ruff

      I call word salad.

    • Adam King

      I love these comment threads. Don’t change a thing.

    • The_Wretched

      This is your first comment?

      • yes b’y

        maybe he is a tad shy?

        • Gigi

          Or banned for being a whiny baby, so he created a new screen name.

    • Natty Enquirer

      What does this have to do with the topic?

    • Gigi

      I’m not offended but feel I must point out that your comment is O/T. Perhaps you’d be happier at Towleroad?

    • Silver Badger

      Many of us are old cyber-friends. JMG is as much community communication as it is a news blog. For many of us, especially us elder gays, JMG is our only community contact.

      • ECor

        I understand that and that is exactly my point. And I do realize that it is O/T but where else to post a suggestion? Sorry to cause such a stir.

        • Silver Badger

          Are you, though? Your comment was both divisive and demeaning. I value the free interchange with my peers. You want us to change so YOU will feel more comfortable. I think not.

    • jmax

      Sometimes the threads do seem to wander off topic. But oftentimes the O/T conversations are the best part of these postings. I can’t imagine how boring this community would be without them.

      • ECor

        You may have a point jmax.

    • barrixines

      It’s interesting – the reason I began commenting on JMG is that I liked the asides and usually find when people are wandering off topic that I get to learn stuff. However there are other places on the net I have been part of the commenting community and off topic comments have infuriated me no end. I don’t think it’s pissing people off to say you benefit more from a focused discussion.

  • david fairfield

    He’s the Marco Rubio of the Vatican.

    • If Marco was to see this you would make his year. Are you trying to get him reelected? 🙂

      • david fairfield

        Yikes! Well Marco, it’s not a compliment. It just means you flip on gay issues as much as the pope. One day we’re disordered, the next day we are to be ‘tolerated’. And so on. Either way, they have this in common….my sentiment…..go fuck yourselves!

  • Adam King

    Otis Redding beat him to it by decades.

    • jmax

      “She may get woolly. Women do get woolly.”

  • Adam King

    And what did Don Corleone have to say today?

  • Ninja0980

    I left your cult a long time ago when I realize the God loves everyone take was a bunch of bullshit.
    No interest in hearing it now.

  • jm2

    when did Roman Catholicism, well all Christianity, lose this message of which Francis speaks? in the 1980’s? 1917? during the many wars over the centuries? the Crusades? he speaks of ‘revolution’ but I think he means to use the word ‘liberation’ more. the liberation from centuries of falsehoods bastardizing what he considers the “Word.”

    oh, yes. and the ideal of “Liberation Theology” that might be the key…

  • Lazycrockett

    Director Jonathan Demme has died.

  • bambinoitaliano

    Centuries old religion institutions that supposedly teach about love and compassionate had turn into corporations that amasses wealth and political power grab in the name of profit. Unfortunately, God is not copyrighted. Hence we see all these franchises sprouting all over the place to be use and abuse as they see fit. Imagine anyone can open up a burger join under the name of McDonald. All these humanitarian talk with zero action to the much needed reform within Catholic institution is tiresome.

  • I can already hear the heads exploding at Crisis Magazine.

  • The Milkman

    Words are cheap. DO something about how the church treats LGBT people, and stop funding efforts to take away their civil rights. Then, I might listen to what you have to say on the subject. Until then, it’s just Pope Sunshine running his mouth at the behest of the vatican’s PR department.

  • dagobarbz, fine Italian shoes

    Listen, this pope has zero promises to make. Regardless of what nice-sounding things flop out of his pie-hole, the Vatican will ensure that his words are empty.
    Behind this pope, there’s business as usual; diddling the kiddies, covering up criminal behavior, misogyny, and that stone-age belief system.

    Don’t think this pope is doing anything but making mouth noises to appease the rabble. Nothing will change.

  • I’m not Christian, and I probably am an Agnostic but I don’t really think about it or care much — but compared to such luminaries as Rev. Franklin Graham, Pat Robertson, or some other American slimeballs the Pope is remarkably refreshing. Yes, I know that American Catholicism has some very douchebaggery (wow, it spellchecked!) wings, and Cardinal Raymond Burke is a total putz, but I actually like what Pope Frances has to say at times. BTW my Michigan Wolverines had a Papal Audience today — don’t they look cute at the Vatican? (yes this is an OT photo but taken earlier today). https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/46987a06c2aee195d182c32bf467725578b357f966f521f00162cf09a56ccb99.jpg

    • Friday

      Forked tongue when it comes to LGBT people and politics.

    • Boreal

      This pope is simply better at PR than his predecessor. He still condemns you and I to eternal hell. Meet the new boss, same as the old boss.

  • Scribble Writer 🌹 ☭

    Would rather have worldwide class revolution

    • Dave, from Canada

      That was tried, Bill.

      Read “Animal Farm” for the easy version of the story.

  • tchowski

    The man in the dress then removed his dick from an altar boy and lectured his minions about the evils of Homersexuality while deriding condom use in Ghana.

  • andrew

    When the 80 year old celibate Jesuit isn’t talking about sexuality, he sure makes a lot of sense.

  • James

    I wish he and all his ilk would shut the fuck up and fuck the fuck off.

  • Randolph Finder

    My feelings on this is that if you had asked me back in 2013 when the Cardinals were meeting if they would ever select someone who has done what Pope Francis has done, I’d have asked to share your drugs.

    While the Catholic Church *tends* to lean toward the right hand end of the Political spectrum in the USA, in South America, it tends toward the left, and Francis is a pretty good example of this.

    I’m still glad that Benedict XVI retired so that Francis was chosen. (And it doesn’t help that Benedict XVI could have played Emperor Palpatine from Star Wars without makeup).

  • bmoore4026

    In response, Bill Donahue calls The Pope gay and a pussy

  • JCF

    Pretty words. Would be nice if they meant something.

  • Dramakid

    Words cannot describe the joy I feel watching Paul Ryan and all the other “Catholics” in the Republican Party squirm like a basket of kittens whenever Pope Francis says something. They really don’t get that capitalism fucked over Latin America in a big way. There’s a reason Che Guevara and Pope Francis are both Argentinian. And the fact that Jesus and his disciples were, essentially, socialists, is basically beyond them all. It’s easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle. . .
    Basically, Ryan et al just need to give it up, deify Ayn Rand, declare that Atlas Shrugged is holy scripture, and call it a day. They’re not really Christians.