After Rush Limbaugh attacked Pope Francis and called him a Marxist, the group Catholics In Alliance For The Common Good has started a petition denouncing Limbaugh.
Audio of Limbaugh:
Limbaugh said, “I gotta be very careful. I have been numerous times to the Vatican. It wouldn’t exist without tons of money. But regardless, what this is, somebody has either written this for him or gotten to him. This is just pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. Unfettered capitalism? That doesn’t exist anywhere. Unfettered capitalism is a liberal socialist phrase to describe the United States. Unfettered, unregulated.”
The group Catholics in Alliance For The Common Good has responded with a petition that denounces Limbaugh and demands an apology.
The petition states,
We are disturbed by Rush Limbaugh’s incendiary comments last Wednesday, November 27th about Pope Francis and are joining together with Catholics and other allies throughout the nation to support the Holy Father. To call the Francis a proponent of “pure marxism” is both mean spirited and naive. Francis’s critique of unrestrained capitalism is in line with the Church’s social teaching. His particular criticism of “trickle down economics” strengthens what Church authorities have said for decades: any economic system which deprives the poor of their dignity has no place within a just society.
Contrary to what Mr. Limbaugh suggests, the Catholic Church isn’t built on money, but on the firm foundation of Jesus Christ.
We call on Mr. Limbaugh to apologize and retract his remarks. We urge other Church organizations and leaders–both ordained and lay–to also condemn Mr. Limbaugh’s comments.
We proudly stand with Pope Francis as he provides prophetic leadership for the Catholic Church and the entire world.
I too am not a Catholic, but I find Pope Francis to be a breath of fresh air, Finally, there is a religious leader among Christians who understands the true message of Christ. It just so happens that the true message does not match up with what Republicans and Christian conservatives have been selling for years.
The problem isn’t what the Pope is saying. The problem is that people like Rush Limbaugh warp the Christian faith to give their cruel and barbaric views of the poor and needy moral cover. It isn’t Pope Francis that is in the wrong. It is Rush Limbaugh who lacks basic compassion for his fellow human beings.
It is good to see Catholics standing up with millions of other Americans who have already taken a stand against Rush Limbaugh’s hate speech. Limbaugh is not only anti-poor, anti-minority, and anti-woman. He is also anti-Catholic.
Manipulation of bigotry and hatred knows no limits when it comes to Rush Limbaugh’s personal financial gain, but the pressure is growing from all corners of our society to get the most listened to practitioner of hate speech in America off the air.
As more and more Americans wake up to the taxpayer funded offensiveness of Rush Limbaugh, the dump Rush movement will only grow stronger.
If you are a Catholic and would like to add your name to the petition, you can do so here.