Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage says if Pope Francis wants income redistribution he should start with his own Church.
On his Friday show, Savage said he would bid $1 million for Michelangelo’s famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican.
“The reason I’m offering that money to the pope and the Vatican is so they can redistribute the wealth that begins in the Vatican itself,” Savage said.
Savage said he was making a point that there is vast wealth within the Catholic Church, including priceless works of art and major shares in global companies. Gold ingots could be sold for redistribution purposes, Savage said.
Francis on Friday told a group of U.N. delegates, including Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, that they should urge world governments to back “the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society.”
Savage’s response: “It’s Karl Marx in a papal outfit.”
He noted that Francis is from Argentina, home to liberation theology along with much of Latin America, in the 1960s and ’70s. And although Francis himself never practiced liberation theology, “he was certainly shaped by it,” Savage said.