: There are also many Catholics who have a very unfavorable view of this Pope. Myself included.
I'd check the catechism mate because if you view the Popes ideas unfavourably your a Protestant.
: Tell me, do you give equal weight to the pronouncements of all the Church's Popes, or just the ones that you feel comfortable with?
It would appear that by your earlier statement you definitely do.
: Not all Popes in the Church's history have been good Popes. Is it possible that history is repeating itself?
: Attempting to mix Catholicism with Marxism is mere foolishness.
Good point but with Socialism or Communism it's a good idea.
:The teachings of Jesus had to do with personal salvation, not economic goods or political theory.
That would be why he called for the division of Church and state, desacrilised religious authority, feed the five thousand, demanded that there be no rank or status among true believers, was constantly concerned with peoples health and material well being, would it?
That would be why James wrote in a very socialist fashion that peoples wealth would stand as a great indicment against them, why in the old testiment Amos, Isiah, Sirach can be considered prophets of social justice, Why the saints can be quoted as disagreeing with the very existance of property, why monks, priests etc. take a vow of poverty.
This Capitalist Christ of your never existed deal with it.
: What was it that Jesus said to his disciples when the centurions came for him? How does that square with LT?
So? So What? This shit, and it is shit, about the left being an insanely violent monster again, it's bullshit!! Say it with me B-U-L-L-S-H-I-T.