Do Pope's Economy Remarks Advocate Socialism?

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Pope Benedict XVI raised some eyebrows with his papal statement on the economy when he called on the G8 leaders to find ethical ways to stimulate the economy.

"The processes of globalization, suitably understood and directed, open up the unprecedented possibility of large-scale redistribution of wealth on a world-wide scale," he wrote.

One Vatican watcher said the pope is really calling for global financial controls.

CBN News spoke with Carl Anderson of the Knights of Columbus, a Catholic fraternal organization, on whether the pope advocated socialism when he used the term "redistribution of wealth." To watch Anderson's full interview, click here.

"He saw what national socialism did to his own country during the second World War," Anderson said. "Then what international socialism did under the communist tried to do. So no, he's not pointing a finger at socialism. In fact, the Vatican said that in its release of the document that it is not an anti-capitalist document."

Anderson said we should look no further than The Lord's Prayer.

"The first two words. Our Father. Once we say that as Christians, then we're part of the large human family," he added. "And that in that family, no one should be starving to death or going to bed hungry or dying in the gutter of disease. That a Christian is a person for others."

Anderson also said he believes the pope will discuss with President Obama that the sanctity of life is central to all governmental decisions.

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