On capitalism and climate change: Pope Francis may want Americans to change some ways

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NEW YORK — Speaking from the financial capital of the world, Timothy Cardinal Dolan, the Archbishop of New York, said he wouldn’t be surprised if Pope Francis tries to teach Americans a thing or two about simplifying their lives — and their appetites.

“Our duty is to speak the truth, with love,” Dolan told PIX11 New. “So sometimes, tough love isn’t a bad way to say it.”

The pope has focused his papacy on ministering to the poor—and wrote an encyclical this year called “Laudato Si” — pointedly saying that rampant capitalism and concern with profits was turning our Earth into an “immense pile of filth.” He’s also called aspects of capitalism “savage.”

“What he’s going to do is affirm what’s most noble,” Dolan predicted.

With the pope set to address a joint session of Congress on Thursday and the United Nations on Friday, Cardinal Dolan tried to get the papal nuncio who will host Francis to predict what the Holy Father might say in his major addresses.

“Only the Holy Spirit knows,” quipped Archbishop Bernardito Auza, papal nuncio to the United Nations.

PIX11  News looked at some of the most prominent issues facing the American Catholic Church now, including same-sex marriage, immigration, abortion, contraception, and priestly celibacy.

Pope Francis will surely address some of them during his visit this week to Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia.