Is Francis right that Marxists think like Christians?

pope_francis_2_at_the_general_audience_in_st_peters_square_april_13_2016_credit_daniel_ibanez_cna_4_13_16One of Pope Francis’s many paradoxes is that, while he consistently and rightly denounces any idolatry of wealth and the type of materialist mindset which reduces everything to economics, he often gives economistic explanations for the world’s ills. Material poverty is something all Christians must work to reduce. But that Christians and Marxists think the same way about poverty — or equality for that matter? The simple truth is that they don’t.