Pope John Paul and this Pope are on different ends of the spectrum.
(BBC) “There is a lot of scepticism among (US) Catholics,” says Stephen Moore, the chief economist at the conservative Washington think tank the Heritage Foundation, and himself a Catholic.
“I think this is a Pope who clearly has some Marxist leanings. It’s unquestionable that he has a very vocal scepticism (about) capitalism and free enterprise and… I find that to be very troubling.”
Most of John Paul’s early life was lived under totalitarian regimes – first the Nazi occupation during World War Two, then the long Stalinist and Soviet domination of Poland during the Cold War. Everything he experienced as a priest and a bishop taught him that communism was the enemy.
Another comment on the large difference between the Pope and his understanding of economics comes from his encyclical, and it notes the rhetoric of the left known to be merely that ~ an economic myth:
Capitalism Works, better than any other economic system that ~ again ~ WORKS — devised by man.