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Pope Francis Says He's Not a Marxist. Others Aren't Sure

Is a Communist running the Vatican? Pope Francis, after stirring controversy with his “who am I to judge?” comment on homosexuality, now is under attack for his criticisms of capitalism.

In a Dec. 14 interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa, the pontiff defended a recent “apostolic exhortation” in which he disputed the theory of “trickle-down” economics, condemned the global financial system, and accused rich people of “stealing” if they do not share their wealth with the poor.