Does this explain the pope’s thinking?
It says, “A sentence or two of Ker’s clouds things here, I think. He writes as though absolute negative teachings such as ‘Thou shalt not steal’ have exceptions. He instances a penniless starving peasant taking food, which, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reaffirms, is not theft. But the Commandment’s word ‘steal’ is a moral absolute. It doesn’t say ‘thou shalt not take’. If the taking is not theft, it is not stealing. Stealing is always wrong.”
So when the pope calls for the forced redistribution of wealth of countries’ citizens by governments, he doesn’t think of it as stealing, and therefore, it isn’t wrong. He believes there are exceptions to the commandment “Thou shalt not steal”. It doesn’t say “thou shalt not take”. Taking is not stealing.