Sometimes you read things that make you want to laugh out loud, such as in yesterday's Times( www.thetimes.co.uk, January 4, 2014). In a short article entitled "Rich protest Pope Francis's "Marxism", it appears that wealthy Catholic businessmen are hesitating to support Church run projects such as the renovation of St.Patrick's RC Cathedral (the flagship of the Archdiocese of New York) because they take issue with Pope Francis's sharp criticism of unfettered laissez faire capitalism in his new encyclical "The Joy Of The Gospel"- some critics(such as Rush Limbaugh predictably) have even gone so far as to call such criticism "Marxist"( memo to Rush- the Holy Father is about as "Marxist" as Donald Duck!).
Given that concern about the least and littlest of our society has been a regular feature of Catholic moral and social teaching since not just previous encyclicals such as Pius XI's Quadresima Anno(1933) and Leo XIII's Rerum Novarum(1890) but dating back to the time of the Apostles themselves,one wonders how businessmen(and presumably women) such as Kenneth Langone(mentioned in said article) can seriously call themselves "Catholic" in good standing when they oppose Church teaching on such a fundamental matter(kind of reminds me of the late William F.Buckley's comment on Blessed John XXIII's Pacem en Terris encyclical- "Mater, yes- Magister, no!"), esp given the fact that many American Catholics are descended from poor and socially marginalized immigrants once at the lowest level of the US social "totem pole"
(though NOT as low as Native or African Americans- as James Baldwin dryly put- the negro tells you where the bottom is).
Sounds ironic that conservatives are doing in effect what they accuse liberals of- namely being "cafetaria Catholics"- pikcing and choosing which Church teachings they will follow_ I'd say that Mr Langone and his ilk are in danger of excommunicating themselves from the very Church they claim to love!
Anybody think as I do?