Vice President Biden went out of his way at a speech to the United Auto Workers union Wednesday to take on one of Pope Francis’ strongest critics.Joe Biden, vice president of the Empire, on sinning, now that's atrip.
“A couple weeks ago Ken Langone, who I don’t know, a billionaire founder of Home Depot, predicted that the pope — Pope Francis’ critique of income inequity will be, quote, ‘a ‘hurdle’ for very wealthy Catholic donors, who seem to think hurt feelings trump the teachings of the Bible,” Biden said, referring to a December interview with the Home Depot founder.
Langone claimed to CNBC that one potential major donor to a cathedral restoration project was concerned about Pope Francis’ economic rhetoric about capitalist economies.
“I’ve told the cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country,’ ” Langone said he told Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the donor.
Biden appeared amazed by the comments as a Democrat pushing the Obama administration’s income equality message. As the most prominent Catholic on the president’s team, Biden seemed to be personally offended by the comments.
“As practicing Catholic, bless me, Father, for he has sinned,” Biden said. He paused. “I mean, come on. Come on! What are we talking about today?”
Wednesday, February 5, 2014
Joe Biden Defends Pope Francis On Economics; Claims Free Market Critic of the Pope Is Sinning