Tax Day, 2016: Bernie goes to the Vatican

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Tax Day, 2016: Bernie goes to the Vatican

One, and only one, U.S. pres­i­den­tial can­di­date has been invited by the Vat­i­can to attend the Cen­tes­imus annus: 25 Years Later con­fer­ence — Bernie Sanders,

I think the Vat­i­can has been aware of the fact that, in many respects, the pope’s views and my views are very much related,” Sanders said. “He has talked in an almost unprece­dented way about the need to address income and wealth inequal­ity, poverty and to com­bat the greed that we’re see­ing all over this world, which is doing so much harm to so many peo­ple. … For me, it is an extra­or­di­nary honor to receive this invitation.”

Bernie will be at the Vat­i­can on April 15th, on time to dis­cuss how to redis­trib­ute your hard-​earned money. Sanders adviser Jef­frey Sachs is pre­sent­ing a paper.

Among the speak­ers at the con­fer­ence are Ecuador’s Rafael Cor­rea, who will also present a paper:

Changes in the World Polit­i­cal Sit­u­a­tion Since 1981
Author: Pres­i­dent Rafael Cor­rea
The fall of the Soviet Union and the democ­ra­ti­za­tion of East­ern Europe was the major polit­i­cal back­drop of Cen­tes­imus annus. What is the global polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion today and which ele­ments require greater atten­tion by both the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity and by Catholic social teaching?

One polit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion that required atten­tion recently was Ecuador’s approval of 16 amend­ments to its Con­sti­tu­tion, which Free­dom House deemed in vio­la­tion of demo­c­ra­tic prin­ci­ples. Additionally,

Ecuador is rated Partly Free in Free­dom in the World 2015, Not Free in Free­dom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Free­dom on the Net 2015.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales, too, has a paper,

The New Pro­pos­als Com­ing From Latin Amer­ica Author: Pres­i­dent Evo Morales
In the light of Pope Fran­cis’ read­ing of the pre­vi­ous doc­u­ments of the Mag­is­terium, pre­sented dur­ing the World Meet­ing of the Pop­u­lar Move­ments of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, the author will present his pro­posal based on his expe­ri­ence as a leader of the pop­u­lar move­ments, rooted in the pre-​Columbian cul­tural tra­di­tions and populations.

Pope Fran­cis was a speaker at that World Meet­ing of Pop­u­lar Move­ments. That was last year; this year Morales is embroiled in an ongo­ing scan­dal involv­ing his for­mer girl­friend (now in jail), their alleged child (who may or may not be alive), and a num­ber of con­tracts with the Chi­nese gov­ern­ment.

Morales, whose cur­rent term expires in 2020, recently lost a ref­er­en­dum to allow him to run for a fourth term.

Morales, not a Catholic, is a believer of pan­the­ism, and his coun­try passed a law grant­ing human rights to nature

The law, which is part of a com­plete restruc­tur­ing of the Boli­vian legal sys­tem fol­low­ing a change of con­sti­tu­tion in 2009, has been heav­ily influ­enced by a resur­gent indige­nous Andean spir­i­tual world view which places the envi­ron­ment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the cen­tre of all life. Humans are con­sid­ered equal to all other entities.

The invi­ta­tion to Saun­ders, Morales, and Cor­rea grants the three a legit­i­macy that will be widely pro­pa­gan­dized by the Left as a seal of approval from the Church.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin Amer­i­can pol­i­tics, news, and cul­ture at Fausta’s Blog.

One, and only one, U.S. presidential candidate has been invited by the Vatican to attend the Centesimus annus: 25 Years Later conference – Bernie Sanders,

“I think the Vatican has been aware of the fact that, in many respects, the pope’s views and my views are very much related,” Sanders said. “He has talked in an almost unprecedented way about the need to address income and wealth inequality, poverty and to combat the greed that we’re seeing all over this world, which is doing so much harm to so many people. … For me, it is an extraordinary honor to receive this invitation.”

Bernie will be at the Vatican on April 15th, on time to discuss how to redistribute your hard-earned money. Sanders adviser Jeffrey Sachs is presenting a paper.

Among the speakers at the conference are Ecuador’s Rafael Correa, who will also present a paper:

Changes in the World Political Situation Since 1981
Author: President Rafael Correa
The fall of the Soviet Union and the democratization of Eastern Europe was the major political backdrop of Centesimus annus. What is the global political situation today and which elements require greater attention by both the international community and by Catholic social teaching?

One political situation that required attention recently was Ecuador’s approval of 16 amendments to its Constitution, which Freedom House deemed in violation of democratic principles. Additionally,

Ecuador is rated Partly Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2015, and Partly Free in Freedom on the Net 2015.

Bolivia’s Evo Morales, too, has a paper,

The New Proposals Coming From Latin America Author: President Evo Morales
In the light of Pope Francis’ reading of the previous documents of the Magisterium, presented during the World Meeting of the Popular Movements of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia, the author will present his proposal based on his experience as a leader of the popular movements, rooted in the pre-Columbian cultural traditions and populations.

Pope Francis was a speaker at that World Meeting of Popular Movements. That was last year; this year Morales is embroiled in an ongoing scandal involving his former girlfriend (now in jail), their alleged child (who may or may not be alive), and a number of contracts with the Chinese government.

Morales, whose current term expires in 2020, recently lost a referendum to allow him to run for a fourth term.

Morales, not a Catholic, is a believer of pantheism, and his country passed a law granting human rights to nature

The law, which is part of a complete restructuring of the Bolivian legal system following a change of constitution in 2009, has been heavily influenced by a resurgent indigenous Andean spiritual world view which places the environment and the earth deity known as the Pachamama at the centre of all life. Humans are considered equal to all other entities.

The invitation to Saunders, Morales, and Correa grants the three a legitimacy that will be widely propagandized by the Left as a seal of approval from the Church.

Fausta Rodriguez Wertz writes on U.S, and Latin American politics, news, and culture at Fausta’s Blog.