Short answer: Hell no. But a lot of American conservatives are seeing it that way.
This is just my take, but this whole thing never needed to be such a total rat-f*ck for conservatives if people only understood what it means to be a Christian. Christianity is truly a 3rd way; it’s not conservative OR liberal.
The Judeo-Christian economic model is a lot more like capitalism in reality, but it freaks conservatives out because it “sounds” so much like socialism at times. But it’s not. C.S. Lewis predicted this when he speculated that if we ever got a perfectly Christian society, the socialist-sounding components would make lots of people uncomfortable. It does. That’s why the Pope’s words are causing so much anger, especially when so many of his words are focused on the problems of the 3rd world where a different kind of capitalism is causing suffering that’s simply foreign to us here in the USA.
I don’t think Steve Green and Bill Whittle have any idea that unbridled, morality-free, survival-of-the-fittest capitalism HAS FAILED in other countries. It’s record isn’t that much better than socialism, though it’s a hell of a lot better than communism.
We all agree that Obama is full of sh*t, but I don’t think people realize that he’s only stealing the pope’s message. I think they’re wrong about Gingrich, too. I think Gingrich gets it.
The pope needs to follow up his message about income inequality by severely distancing himself from the asswipe Obama. Maybe he thinks his other condemnations of Marxism are enough. They’re not. Let’s hope he figures that out.