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In an interview with the Italian newspaper La Stampa published Sunday, Pope Francis offered a clarification of the economic views he articulated in his November 24th apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium.

“The Marxist ideology is wrong,” he told La Stampa. The pontiff added, “I have met many Marxists in my life who are good people.”

The Pope also noted that his controversial statements contained in Evangelii Gaudium on economics were made not as a professionally trained economist, but from the perspective of church doctrine. “I wasn’t speaking from a technical point of view,” he said. “What I was trying to do was to give a picture of what is going on… I was not, I repeat, speaking from a technical point of view but according to the Church’s social doctrine. This does not mean being a Marxist.”

While rejecting Marxism, the Pope still appeared confused about the role free markets and capitalism play in alleviating poverty. Once again, questions about translations of the original statements to English added to the confusion.

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