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Hard Time: ACLU Release Report on Non-violent Criminals pg. 5 p Local Author Examines Legacy of the Runaways pg. 11 Ring in 2014 in the Harbor Area pg. 12 By Terelle Jerricks, Managing Editor he infuse critiques of neo-liberal economic policy in his sermon? They seemed to ask. “Save my soul, not my pocketbook,” said Fox News talking heads Stuart Varney and Andrew Napolitano (a selfproclaimed traditional Catholic). The two played Whac-A-Mole with the Pope’s Evangelii Gaudium, focused on only the small portion of the document that specifically called for the closing of the wealth gap between the rich and poor. McClatchy Tribune News Service writer Jay Ambrose and Forbes magazine contributor Louis Woodhill called the Evangelii “a bunch of papal bull,” and tossing out false arguments to discredit the Pope’s assertions and defend the orthodoxy of neo-liberal economic policy at the same time. On the other end of the political spectrum, progressives see in the Pope a transformational figure for the progressive movement. Those looking for greater rights and recognition of women in the church hierarchy see him as not bad and those in the LGBT rights and marriage equality movement see that the Pope at least doesn’t automatically condemn them all to hell. Rev. Raymond Perez of St. Peter and Paul Church in Wilmington isn’t exactly surprised by the fall-out, though he doesn’t believe the Pope’s teachings are anything new. “All the things that he (Pope Francis) said, isn’t new,” Perez noted. “In the late 1950s and early 60s Pope John XXIII and John Paul II and this pope have been saying the same thing…. For some reason, he caught people’s attention this time, maybe because of his down to earth way of putting things.” Perez notes that galvanizing leaders such as these tend December 27, 2013 - January 9, 2014 W hether it was his decision to live in the Vatican guesthouse rather than the official papal residence in the Apostolic Palace, or his celebrating Holy Thursday by washing the feet of juvenile inmates—two of whom are Muslims and two more who are women—Jorge Mario Bergoglio has been turning heads from the moment he was inaugurated as Pope Francis this past March. But when Pope Francis released the 53,000-word Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (a papal communique encourages a community of people to undertake a particular activity but does not define church doctrine) during the Thanksgiving break, he identified consumerism and all of its trappings as the biggest threat to humanity. The American right threw an apoplectic fit. How dare The Local Publication You Actually Read Pope Francis Strikes a Chord with Evangelii Gaudium Francis: A Pope of the People/ to p. 4 1

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