In his new book to be released on December 1, Pope Francis praises the Black Lives Matter movement, calls for universal basic income, and appears to compare Trump rallies to those of Adolf Hitler's.
In "Let Us Dream," the 150-page text Francis reportedly authored during the Vatican's virus lockdown, the pope seemed to call out President Trump without actually saying his name. Instead, he warned of majority-Christian countries where leaders pretended to defend the faith against supposed threats.
"Today, listening to some of the populist leaders we now have, I am reminded of the 1930s, when some democracies collapsed into dictatorships seemingly overnight," Francis writes. "We see it happening again now in rallies where populist leaders excite and harangue crowds, channeling their resentments and hatreds against imagined enemies to distract from the real problems."
Later in his book, the pope expressed sympathy for the Black Lives Matter protestors and rioters who took to the streets after the death of George Floyd, calling on humanity to "continue to struggle against" such abuse.
But he also voiced support for leaving Confederate monuments in place, suggesting that destroying or removing them was detrimental to people's ability to learn from history.
"Amputating history can make us lose our memory, which is one of the few remedies we have against repeating the mistakes of the past," Francis said.
"Let Us Dream" also includes a restatement of Francis's previous call for universal basic income. He also argues that everyone, everywhere should be entitled to the "three L's:" land, lodging, labor.
"We need to set goals for our business sector that – without denying its importance – look beyond shareholder value to other kinds of values that save us all: community, nature, and meaningful work," the pope wrote.