Pope Francis slams super salaries for the rich while the poor survive on "crumbs"

Growing inequality requires "timely rethinking of our models of economic development and ... a change in lifestyle"

By Katie McDonough
Published December 12, 2013 4:48PM (EST)
  (AP/Domenico Stinellis)
(AP/Domenico Stinellis)

Pope Francis has made yet another strongly worded statement on growing inequality and economic justice, this time slamming outsize salaries and bonuses for corporate executives while others survive on "crumbs."

In a message to mark the Catholic Church's World Peace Day, Francis called on international leaders and corporate executives to implement "effective policies" to bridge the growing wealth gap.

"The grave financial and economic crises of the present time ... have pushed man to seek satisfaction, happiness and security in consumption and earnings out of all proportion to the principles of a sound economy," he said. "The succession of economic crises should lead to a timely rethinking of our models of economic development and to a change in lifestyles," he said.

Rush Limbaugh has yet to comment, but presumably he thinks President Obama is currently having an orgasm somewhere.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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