He drew far less attention for saying the teachings of the gospels are not antithetical to Communism. Or rather, that "love for the poor is at the centre of the Gospel". I had to work to find that quote. Maybe because it's old news by now for this pope. The Economist jumped on him for this kind of sentiment back in June. CathNewsUSA picked up that connection this time around. News Agency of Nigeria even picked up this story.
I haven't found anything in any US news outlet; not, at least, according to Google.*
Maybe because news really is all about tittle-tattle, gossip, what is interesting now, and what isn't interesting now because it was interesting a few months ago, but we've moved on? Or maybe it's because we'd rather fight over abstractions like the theory of evolution, than do the gritty work of enacting social justice in our own backyards. How many average Americans would you expect to express the sentiment of this man from Denmark:
“We don’t want there to be a big difference between the richest and poorest, because poor people would just get really poor,” Mr. Drescher added. “We don’t want people living on the streets. If that happens, we consider that we as a society have failed.”In America, we as a society have failed if we don't agree on the place of evolution in the science curriculum in public schools.
*The Pope's comments on poverty drew 6 comments at Talking Points Memo, the only website I've found that covered the story. By contrast, the "evolution" story at Salon has drawn nearly 250 comments. Not a scientific finding, to be sure; but clearly, where your treasure lies, there will your heart be also. It's where our hearts are, that's the problem.