Pope Francis: Fatties are victims too.

Capitalism causes obesity.

Pope: “He or she? I can’t tell.”

Pope Francis said that there is a “distorted relationship between food and nutrition” in the world, resulting in both world hunger and obesity, even in poorer nations.  Food, says the Pontiff “is ceasing to be a means of subsistence and turning into an avenue of personal destruction.”

Francis said that these improper eating habits call for “a conversion in our way of living and acting,” which must begin with nutrition.  “Nutritional disorders can only be remedied by the cultivation of lifestyles.”  When a reporter questioned if the Pope meant that nutrition was the key to holiness, Francis obliquely responded, “nutritional virtues summon us to a more simple and sober life, and unfailing concern for the needs of those around us.”

Growing up in Argentina combined with training as a Jesuit, unavoidably leads Bergoglio to his Marxist roots.  As is his wont, the pope proposed that the problem of malnutrition and hunger are ultimately the by-products of the free market economy.

“The battle against hunger and malnutrition will not end as long as the logic of the market prevails and profit is sought at any cost, with the result that food is relegated to a mere commercial product subject to financial speculation and with little regard for its cultural, social and indeed symbolic importance.” The Argentinian Jesuit didn’t elaborate on what the “symbolic importance” of food was to hungry people.

Apparently believing that the Church had little to do with bad eating habits, the pope opined that, “To escape from this spiral, we need to promote economic institutions and social initiatives which can give the poor regular access to basic resources.”

“Besides,” Francis concluded, “with all these fatties, I can’t tell if it’s a guy or a girl.”