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Who Said It: Bernie Sanders or the Pope? By Daniel Burke, CNN Religion Editor

US Politics & Gov't  (tags: u.s., usa, americans, candidates, elections, ethics, freedoms, GoodNews, goodnews, healthcare, media, news )

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'The Pope and Sanders donâEUR(TM)t agree on everything, abortion and same-sex marriage being among the biggest points of conflict. But on economic and environmental issues at least,'... 'see if you can tell which man uttered the quote in question.'


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Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday April 19, 2016, 2:05 am
Sanders & Pope Francis are both people who care about people - and the similarities in their statements is striking!!

Thanks for posting, Ruth.

I'm glad Sanders gave up 2 comfortable nights' sleep to attend an international meeting of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences - hard to have fitted this in without flying over, & having the flexibility of private flight. Unfortunately, international events all too often require travel by air.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday April 19, 2016, 8:15 am
Sanders and the pope--and Hillary--and everyone else on the planet, have not learned the art of teletransportation and are thus relegated to a form of travel that does damage to the environment. All the more reason to get Bernie in, as he is the only candidate with sincere, passionate conviction to earnestly address all environmental critical issues, including that of lessening harmful plane emissions. Sanders and the Pope do agree, especially on environmental and economic problems and share progressive ideas and plans to correct them. Go Bernie!!!--and thanks Mr. Sanders for making the time, during your campaign for US Presidency, to attend The Pontifical Academy Of Social Sciences International Meeting. Thanks Ruth for remarkable postings concerning Bernie Sanders.

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday April 19, 2016, 10:08 am
About that meeting in Rome:
Sanders's hope for a moral economy is amplified at the Vatican
By Katrina van den Heuvel, April 19 at 8:37 AM

Sen. Bernie Sanders’s overnight trip to the Vatican last week was parsed mostly as a campaign tactic — whether this was a wise use of time with the New York primary approaching. Sanders’s supporters relished the contrast with Hillary Clinton. While the Vermont senator went to the Vatican and met with Pope Francis, Clinton traveled to California for two fundraisers with George Clooney, including a Friday night soiree asking a startling $353,400 contribution per couple to make it to the head table with Clinton.

For the most part, however, the substance got lost. Sanders went to the Vatican to speak at a small gathering of world figures convened by the prestigious Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Centesimus Annus, the encyclical released by Pope John Paul II soon after the breakup of the Soviet Union. He used the occasion to provide a moral grounding for his political appeal.

In his remarks, Sanders located Centesimus Annus in a line of papal teaching that can be traced back to the dawn of the Industrial Age, with Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical, Rerum Novarum, issued in 1891 and forward to Francis’s stirring Laudato Si’, issued last year.

Sanders summarizes the essence of Centesimus Annus (issued for the 100th anniversary of Rerum Novarum) as the belief that while a market economy can be beneficial for productivity and economic freedom, the pursuit of profit cannot be an end in itself. John Paul II called on the state and society to provide “an adequate wage level for maintaining families,” arguing that unions are central to this mission. Profit that is the result of “illicit exploitation, speculation and breaking of solidarity among working people ... has no justification and represents an abuse in the sight of God and man.”

Twenty-five years after this encyclical, Sanders argues, we have failed to heed its warnings. “Speculation, illicit financial flows, environmental destruction and the weakening of the right of workers” are far more severe than they were a quarter century ago. "

A return flight right across the US for dinner for $353,400 per couple? Or a flight across the Atlantic for a chance to mark a call for moral economy at an international meeting?

Frances Darcy (92)
Tuesday April 19, 2016, 11:38 am

Alan Lambert (91)
Thursday April 21, 2016, 6:51 am
Fascinating article...

Dawnie W (250)
Saturday April 23, 2016, 1:29 am
Interesting quiz. Thank you for posting.
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