Pope Benedict XVI

This Won’t Play Well With the Base

By on 12.15.09 | 4:07PM

Pope Benedict XVI has gone and done it:

Industrialized nations must recognize their responsibility for the environmental crisis, shed their consumerism and embrace more sober lifestyles, Pope Benedict said on Tuesday.

Benedict has always seemed sympathetic to environmentalists and has never shied away from urging Catholics to stewardship. And his economics, while not being socialist by any means, tend to irk free marketeers. In general his views on such matters are hard to categorize. But in this latest pronouncement, he has made certain claims that will be hard for free market pope-fans to square with their beliefs about typical environmentalist policies. For instance,

Speaking of the need for all nations to address the issue of energy resources, he said: