The first item in the Pontiff's "culture of care" was "an integrated approach to combating poverty." Perhaps the Pope is not cognizant of the fact that we in the United States have been coerced into pursuing "an integrated approach to combating poverty" for the past fifty years. And the results have been (surprise!) more poverty!
Poverty, your Holiness, is a personal choice. It's not something that happens to people. It's something that people do to themselves. There are of course people in our society – as there are in every society – who for physical or mental reasons are incapable of taking care of themselves, and we should, as concerned citizens, expend efforts to care for those unfortunates.
Most of the people in "poverty," however, are people who are mentally and physically capable of working their way out of their poverty. To inundate them with "an integrated approach to combating poverty" is to encourage their indolence and thus to exacerbate the root cause of their poverty.
This is not my wild-eyed theory. This is a factual statement of the observable results of the "integrated approach to combating poverty" that Lyndon Johnson flamboyantly labeled "the War on Poverty." The first item in your "culture of care" is not only not original, it's already been tried and been shown to be unworkable.
The Pope went on to extol the second element in his "culture of care" – "restoring dignity to the excluded." Again, I feel compelled to point out that exclusion is a self-imposed condition.
Ghettos are not an imposition; they are an accommodation – an accommodation to the exclusivity of the inhabitants. Italians automatically migrate to Italian neighborhoods, Irish naturally migrate to Irish neighborhoods, and Blacks prefer to live in Black neighborhoods just as Whites prefer to live in White neighborhoods. Integrationists are nearly all White people who are misguided by the Marxist impossible dream of forced social homogenization.
Those who are not excluded are those who have un-excluded themselves by joining the majority White culture. You know the ones – the "Uncle Toms" – like Larry Elder, Starr Parker, and Thomas Sowell.
Finally, Pope Francis ended his definition of a "culture of care" with the admonition "at the same time protecting nature." With all due respect to His Holiness, I should like to point out that nature does not need our "protection." You're talking here about an entity that is capable of spawning hurricanes and earthquakes and spitting cobras and epidemics of virulent diseases.
Indeed, the history of humankind has been a history of devising methods – from weaponry to medicine – to protect us from nature. We are not minor gods, capable of modifying the ecology of a planet. We are weak and vulnerable creatures at the mercy of a cruel and ruthless environment that is completely oblivious to our petty desires and squabbles.
Pope Francis is the head of the Roman Catholic Church, and as such deserves the respect and deference of not only Catholics but of all civilized men. The Pontiff has, however, spent his entire adult life in the clergy. His knowledge of such complicated subjects as motivational psychology, natural demographic distribution, and earth sciences must necessarily therefore be sketchy at best.
For him to lecture us on such subjects seems tantamount to Madalyn Murray O'Hair lecturing the Pope on Christianity.