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Obama cites Pope on income inequality

December 06, 2013

In a December 4 speech devoted to income inequality, President Barack Obama quoted from paragraph 53 of Pope Francis’s recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium.

President Obama said:

So the basic bargain at the heart of our economy has frayed. In fact, this trend towards growing inequality is not unique to America’s market economy. Across the developed world, inequality has increased. Some of you may have seen just last week, the Pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. “How can it be,” he wrote, “that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 07, 2013 2:01 PM ET USA

    President O'Bama is not Catholic,but if Pope Francis is quoted because his statement resonates with the President,wonderful! He hasn't called the Pope a communist or socialist as some news service did.

  • Posted by: TheJournalist64 - Dec. 06, 2013 7:38 PM ET USA

    This man has no shame. He only hears what he wants to hear.

  • Posted by: Defender - Dec. 06, 2013 1:17 PM ET USA

    I'm sure it wasn't the president who came up with the quote and I doubt he really read it at all.

  • Posted by: jg23753479 - Dec. 06, 2013 7:47 AM ET USA

    I hope someone in the White House alerts the president to the pope's wise counsels on other matters, things like marriage and the importance of protecting life at all stages. It would improve my impression of Obama decidedly if he stopped listening to the likes of "Rev." Wright and started listening exclusively to people like José Bergoglio.

  • Posted by: DrJazz - Dec. 06, 2013 7:33 AM ET USA

    As long as President Obama is studying Pope Francis' writings, are there not a few other points he should consider?