COOL POPE Riccardo De Luca/AP 7. Pope: Stop Worshiping ‘God Called Money’ First he says the Catholic Church has an “obsession” with gays and abortion, and now Pope Francis is attacking the finance world—is there nobody he isn’t afraid of? After apparently throwing away his prepared remarks, the pontiff on Sunday slammed the global economic system, saying it is based on a “god called money” while also pushing the unemployed to look for work. Speaking in Cagliari, Sardina, Francis told a group of unemployed miners (many of whom were chanting “work, work, work”) that “we don’t want this globalized economic system which does us so much harm.” It sounds like he had been reading up on the fifth anniversary of the Lehman collapse. Read it at Reuters September 22, 2013 8:24 AM So my question: part of the right wing nuttery consists of uber religious christians, many of which are catholic. how much influence can the pope have on toning down the divisive rhetoric we've been seeing the past few years, and will that play a part in reducing the influence of right wing christians on our politics? Anyone?