Pope Francis linked war and capitalism together in remarks made to La Vanguardia in June 2014. Creative Commons image by Catholic Church England and Wales

The Economist accuses Pope Francis of ‘following Lenin’

VATICAN CITY (RNS) “By positing a link between capitalism and war, (Pope Francis) seems to be taking an ultra-radical line: one that consciously or unconsciously follows Vladimir Lenin in his diagnosis of capitalism and imperialism as the main reason why world war broke out a century ago,” the financial magazine says.

Pope Francis carries his crosier after celebrating Mass in the piazza outside the Basilica of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, Oct. 4. The pontiff was making his first pilgrimage as pope to the birthplace of his papal namesake. Photo by Paul Haring/Catholic News Service

Pope Francis shrugs off Marxist label

(RNS) Pope Francis, who made headlines in recent weeks by lambasting ‘trickle down” economic theories as unfair to the poor, is shrugging off criticism from political conservatives who dubbed him a Marxist.

GUEST COMMENTARY: Disagreeing without being disagreeable

(RNS) It's never been easy for us to determine the boundary line between individual rights and civic responsibility. But it doesn't help when pundits resort to name-calling, nor when complexities are reduced to bumper-sticker sound bites. By James Calvin Davis.