RUSH: The pope, Il Papa, Pope Francis -- get this opening paragraph. By the way, this is a Reuters story. I want to see if this jogs your memory, just the first paragraph. "Pope Francis, whose criticisms of unbridled capitalism have prompted some to label him a Marxist, said in an interview published on Sunday that communists had stolen the flag of Christianity."
Does that ring any of your bells? Who was it that -- I think it was me that labeled the pope. What I said was that his attack on capitalism sounded just like a Marxist attack on it. I said it sounds like Marxism and that made big news. Now, I didn't make the first paragraph, but they're referring, when they say that prompted some to label him a Marxist.
"The 77-year-old pontiff gave an interview to Il Messaggero, Rome's local newspaper, to mark the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, a Roman holiday. He was asked about a blog post in the Economist magazine that said he sounded like a Leninist when he criticized capitalism and called for radical economic reform."
Oh, yeah, some obscure blog post in the Economist said he sounded like a Leninist, that got everybody riled up. We remember that. Don't you? I don't remember. Anyway, he said, "I can only say that the communists have stolen our flag. The flag of the poor is Christian. Poverty is at the center of the Gospel. Communists say that all this is communism. Sure, twenty centuries later. So when they speak, one can say to them: 'but then you are Christian'," he said, laughing.
RUSH: I don't know if the pope is saying that Jesus was a communist. I mean some people could read it that way. He says the communists stole our flag, and if our flag is rooted in solving poverty, and the communists want to claim that's what they did, I mean, you connect the dots if you wish. He was asked about "you claim unbridled capitalism." I don't know, who practices unbridled capitalism? Hong Kong is as close as we've ever had to -- unbridled capitalism? It was a false premise to begin with.