But what does the new pope think? The BBC and other commentators have noted that the pope is a proponent of “social justice”. To the BBC this would mean that he is a proponent of socialism. However, the fact that Pope Francis cares deeply about the poor does not necessarily mean that he believes in a big state. In fact, he believes that government should create the conditions in which the poor can flourish. This is quite different from the social democrat view that sees the state as having a huge role in redistributing income and controlling the lives of the people.
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