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Pope Francis’s recent criticisms of capitalism and the wealthy have stirred the likes of conservative commentators in the US. Rush Limbaugh for example described the pontiff’s writings as “pure Marxism.” In response to these accusations generated by his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium released late last fall on the Vatican’s website Pope Francis publicly stated “The Marxist ideology is wrong.” The Pope also may be angering wealthy individuals important to the US Catholic Church. Last week a potential “seven-figure donor ” who remained anonymous said that he has become hesitant to donate to the Church because of the pope’s polarizing statements.

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