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Pope Francis has a message for Rush Limbaugh: I'm no Marxist.

Responding to Limbaugh and other critics in the United States, Francis said that "[the] Marxist ideology is wrong." Francis also made it clear that his document Evangelli Gaudium was simply restating the fullness of Catholic Social Teaching.

This will hopefully put to rest the absurd claims by Limbaugh and others that Pope Francis is a "proponent of pure Marxism." These irresponsible remarks are an attempt to marginalize Francis and his bold proclamation of Catholic social doctrine. To date, however, Francis and the Catholic Church have had the upper hand in the contest. The Church and Catholic Social Teaching have seen an incredible revival in the United States and throughout the world in 2013, and all signs are pointing to a successful 2014 as well.