Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on Saturday, calling the short visit an "honor and a joy."
"Today certainly was the highlight of the trip," Sanders told NBC News of his 6 a.m. (midnight ET) meeting with the pontiff outside the papal residence's breakfast room.
He called the pope "one of the great leaders in this world."
Sanders knows when he is in the company of a fellow hardcore central planner:
"In terms of economic justice, the need to combat climate change — nobody in the world has been more profound and articulate than the pope, and I'm delighted to go forward with him on those issues," said Sanders.
Sanders was at the Vatican to attend a meeting about "social justice" and economic issues.
The pope later noted to reporters that members of the Vatican conference that Sanders had attended also were staying at the hotel.
"This morning when I left, Sen. Sanders was there. ... He knew I was leaving at that time and I had the kindness to greet him and his wife and another couple who were with them," the pope told reporters traveling back with him to the Vatican.
He made the claim that his greeting of fellow traveller Sanders was not politics.
"When I came down, I greeted them, shook their hands and nothing more. This is good manners. It's called good manners and not getting mixed up in politics," the pope said. "If anyone thinks that greeting someone means getting involved in politics, they should see a psychiatrist."
The Pope, of course, knows exactly what meeting Sanders means. It's an endorsement.
All socialists are sneaky
Tom Dilorenzo comments:
So the socialist ideologue Bernie Sanders is apparently meeting with the socialist ideologues at the Vatican this weekend, i.e., the Jesuits associated with the pope. The harshly anti-capitalist bombast that the pope has become so notorious for reminds me of how, in the 1970s and ’80s a large number of socialist ideologues infiltrated the National Council of Churches and other religious organizations. They did this not because they were necessarily religious, but because they wanted to capture the revenue of those organizations and use it to pursue their real agenda: socialism. Pope Francis and his merry band of Latin American Jesuits seems to fit this mold perfectly.For the socialist, the end justifying the means overrules the ten commandments.
Hayek provided insight into the socialist mind:
The principle that the end justifies the means is in individualist ethics regarded-RW
as the denial of all morals. In collectivist ethics it becomes necessarily
the supreme rule; there is literally nothing which the consistent
collectivist must not be prepared to do if it serves "the
good of the whole", because the"good of the whole" is to him
the only criterion of what ought to be done. The raison d'etat, in
which collectivist ethics has found its most explicit formulation,
knows no other limit than that set by expediency-the suitability
of the particular act for the end in view.