Less than a week before Argentina’s presidential elections, Pope Francis warned about those who offer “messianic” solutions to a crisis, saying that the way out is never individual. He also spoke against labor exploitation, saying that if workers have no rights, they are being enslaved.
“We were all inexperienced young people once, and sometimes young boys and girls hold onto miracles, to a Messiah, to things being solved in a messianic way,” the pope said in an interview with public news agency Télam.
“There is only one Messiah who saved us all. The rest are all clowns of messianism,” he said, adding that “the only way out of a crisis is upward” and that the solution is “never individual.”
“A crisis is like a voice telling us where to act. On the contrary, problems that are put away are like the Pied Piper of Hamelin. You hear the flute playing, you follow the music, and everybody gets drowned,” Francis said, adding that “great dictatorships were born from an illusion, a momentary charm.”
During the interview, the pope also spoke out against labor exploitation, saying that jobs without rights are tantamount to slavery.