Pope Francis: 'Marxist Ideology Is Wrong'

Catholic pontiff responds to criticism, saying he doesn't "feel offended" by being called Marxist.
3:00 | 12/16/13

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Thank you, brian. The latest from pope francis. In a new interview, he responds to criticism from prominent conservatives. He expend as on how he views women in the church. Dan harris has the story. Reporter: This pope has been unabd in his criticism of capitalism. He kicked off the holiday season by venturing into the ritziest shopping district in rome and praying for the poor. He attacked in an article unferted capitalism as new tyranny. This is just pure marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope. Reporter: If an interview published on sunday, the pope responded saying marxist ideology is wrong. But adding that he's known many marxists who were good people. He was asked about the possibility of female card falls. No, he said, women should be valued, but noi clericised. That's another example of him refusing to change core teachings on hot-button issues. It may just be a shift in tone, as opposed to one in h policy, but it's an important shift. It is. I mean, a shift in emphasis is a change. But it may not be a change in the substance of the teaching. It is a shift in emphasis. Reporter: Another notable moment this weekend erks when the pope smiled as a baby stole his skull cap. It all seems to be working, at least here in america with a remarkable 92% of u.S. Catholics have a favorable opinion of their new pope. For "good morning america," dan harris, abc news, new york.

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