Conservatives are not happy with Pope Francis. He has attacked their rosetta stone. And he's pulling no punches:
“The danger in today’s world," he says, "pervaded as it is by consumerism, is the desolation and anguish born of a complacent yet covetous heart, the feverish pursuit of frivolous pleasures, and a blunted conscience.”
Prominent conservatives claim that Francis doesn't know what he's talking about. Paul Adams writes:
More than a few conservatives have criticized the Pope for being economically naive. Perhaps that’s a cue for us to ask some embarrassing questions about the moral and spiritual sophistication of the works of the Chicago School.
The problem with free market ideas has never been that they don’t describe the economy. It is that they are like oregano in a garden — growing like topsy, crowding out other ideas and sometimes smothering them. They invade our moral and political reasoning and replace it with the mechanical logic of homo economicus.
And there is no more vigorous -- and narrow -- a spokesman for homo economicus than Stephen Harper. Harper sees everything through an economics lens. His world is pinched, lean and mean. And it is precisely that world which the Pope rejects.
Harper claims to be an evangelical Christian, so the odds are that he pays little attention to what the Pope says. Unfortunately, he pays little attention to what anybody says.