John Ransom

Dear Holy Father,

I say to you Peace Be with You and Merry Christmas. May God continue to bless your work in spreading the Good News. I ask especially for your prayers for me.

I congratulate you on your recent selection as TIME Magazine’s man of the year. USA Today reports that you edged out Miley Cyrus.

“Time's other 10 finalists were a mixed crew,” says USAToday, “President Obama, NSA leaker Edward Snowden, Syria President Bashar Assad, Iran President Hassan Rouhani, Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, gay rights activist Edith Windsor and Miley Cyrus -- the pop singer who made ‘twerking,’ a lascivious, grinding dance move, a household word.”

Of course some in this country would look at this honor as a sideways accolade. And given recent debate regarding your wording of the EVANGELII GAUDIUM, I see their point. On the other hand, the Miley Cyrus reference in USA Today tends to highlight your point.

While there is much to be praised in your exhortation to evangelize, you have many who are confused by what seems deliberate wording that chastises some of the most ardent, church-going Catholics in the United States.

Many are aggrieved by your contention that “some people continue to defend trickle-down theories which assume that economic growth, encouraged by a free market, will inevitably succeed in bringing about greater justice and inclusiveness in the world. This opinion, which has never been confirmed by the facts, expresses a crude and naïve trust in the goodness of those wielding economic power and in the sacralized workings of the prevailing economic system.”

I am among the ones a little offended.

John Ransom

John Ransom’s writings on politics and finance have appeared in the Los Angeles Business Journal, the Colorado Statesman, Pajamas Media and Registered Rep Magazine amongst others. Until 9/11, Ransom worked primarily in finance as an investment executive for NYSE member firm Raymond James and Associates, JW Charles and as a new business development executive at Mutual Service Corporation. He lives in San Diego. You can follow him on twitter @bamransom.

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