Billionaire Slams Pope For Supporting The Poor
The founder of Home Depot, billionaire Ken Langone warned the Pope that he might stop donating money to charity if the leader of the Catholic Church continues to criticize capitalism and support the poor.
During an interview with CNBC, Langone said that affluent people feel excluded by the Pope’s constant messages in support of the impoverished.
The billionaire added that the Pope’s statements may make some of the rich “incapable of feeling compassion for the poor.”
Langone, who is a major donor to the Republican Party, is currently working with Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, to raise $180 million for the restoration of St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He told the Archbishop that he knew a wealthy donor who could help the restoration, but was worried about the Pope’s comments and statements.
“I’ve told the cardinal, ‘Your Eminence, this is one more hurdle I hope we don’t have to deal with. You want to be careful about generalities. Rich people in one country don’t act the same as rich people in another country.”
The Cardinal said that Langone ‘’had misunderstood the Holy Father’s message.’’
“The pope loves poor people. He also loves rich people. So I said, ‘Ken, thanks for bringing it to my attention. We’ve gotta correct, to make sure this gentleman understands the Holy Father’s message properly.’ And then I think he’s gonna say, ‘Oh, OK. If that’s the case, count me in for St. Patrick’s Cathedral.”
During a speech in Brazil in July, the Pope said that the rich should “never tire of working for a more just world, marked by greater solidarity. No one can remain insensitive to the inequalities that persist in the world.”
Since a lot of people described this message as “pure Marxism,” the Cardinal tried to explain the Pope’s statement:
“If it (money) becomes a god, if it becomes an idol, Pope Francis is saying, then it’s wrong. Because there is only one God. If we use it for our own selves and our families, for a secure and a safe present and future, if we use it to reinvest in the community, to help others, and if we share with the poor, then it’s morally good”