Fox News on September 22, 2015, reported yhat Republican presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio told viewers on “Special Report with Bret Baier” that he believes Pope Francis is off-target when it comes to economic issues. Excerpts below:

“I have a difference in opinion with him on economic models,” Rubio, who is Catholic, said on the same day that the pope landed in the United States.

“I believe that he when he pronounces himself from the chair of Peter, which is very rare, he is infallible in those decisions. That does not extend to political issues, like the economy,” Rubio said.

“On moral issues, he speaks with incredible authority and he has done so consistently, on the value of life, on the sanctity of life, on the importance of marriage and on the family. On economic issues, the pope is a person and a head of state– head of the Vatican– and he has an opinion of economics.”

Rubio said the pope’s Latin roots lead to a “fundamental misunderstanding” between free enterprise and ‘corporatism’.

“In much of Latin America, where he’s deeply rooted, the word ‘capitalism’ basically means ‘corporatism,’ which is these large companies connected to government dominate the society, and dominate the economy. In America, free enterprise is something different.”

Comment: It is important to remember that when Pope Francis expresses opinions as head of the Vatican state that he is from Argentina. Like in many other South American countries this almost failed country has an economic system where large companies connect to the government. In America and other Western countries free enterprise means companies that are not connected to the government. Rubio has also been critical of the Pope’s support for Obama’s questionable new Cuba policy. The ongoing opening on Cuba can lead to a strengthening of the communist Castro regime.

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