I am a life long Catholic, as were ALL of my Irish ancestors, and yet I hate the blatant, irrational, and unsubstantiated political correctness with which the new Pope views the world, and with which he asserts his “authority.”
The last time I checked, Popes were simply and solely, the much-needed authorities on Church doctrine.
This Pope, on the other hand, envisions himself as a political “expert” on everything BUT Church doctrine. And, to make matters worse, his ill-conceived political “expertise” is routinely promulgated at the expense of Church doctrine.
Incredibly, the Pope continues to routinely spew geopolitical hogwash, despite the fact that Our Lady of Fatima herself specifically warned against this type of political overreach by priests.
When Our Lady appeared to the three little shepherds in Portugal between 1916 and 1920, she said, “Priests must be pure, very pure. They should not busy themselves with anything except what concerns the Church and souls.”
It befuddles me that, despite this admonition, Pope Francis continues to do the exact opposite, while primarily busying himself with Marxist political ideology, with chilling perplexity.
This new Pope behaves as though he were just another political hack for the loony left, rather than the primary representative of God on earth.
Pope Francis’ speech is routinely riddled with liberal political ideology and yet he is rarely quoted referencing God, or teaching God’s will.
It’s bad enough that this Pope publicly embraces radical, left-wing political theories but, at the same time, he is also waffling on multiple Catholic truths, including the Church’s righteous condemnation of homosexuality, divorce and abortion. Sins which have been denounced by the Vatican, as dangerous and destructive, for thousands of years.
Pope Francis’ creation of this double-edged sword of extreme political correctness is not only unnerving, and confusing, but it is down right scary! Whose side is he on? Or better yet! His behavior begs the question, “Is Pope Francis really a Catholic or is he simply an atheist?”
This Pope’s continued disdain for all things Catholic, while spending his time harping about political non-issues, includes his irrational hatred for “unfettered” capitalism.
Astoundingly, this commentary shows his profound ignorance of the fact that if it weren’t for the charitable generosity provided by those nasty capitalists, his Church would be one of many institutions that would immediately suffer from a lack of funding, as the Church survives primarily on capitalist charity, right down to the neighborhood Catholic capitalist who owns the local hardware store and contributes to his local Catholic church.
While promoting another highly political, and leftist, issue, the Pope has publicly advocated for gun control, while ironically, demanding military (guns) intervention to control ISIS’ slaughter of Middle Eastern Christians.
You can’t have it both ways!
This irrational view is just another indication of a man who is functioning well beyond his ability. And this example, in particular, is an overt sign of some very serious flaws in the Pope’s critical thinking processes.
It is becoming more obvious, even to the casual observer, that Pope Francis is suffering from an incredible level of disconnect!
And, one of the tragic outcomes of Pope Francis’ left-leaning verbiage, is that rather than inspire Catholics to adopt higher standards of Christian behavior, his “leading from behind”, instead, demoralizes those Catholics who are trying desperately to sustain those very standards within an increasingly threatening, anti-Christian world. The truth is that he has basically abandoned his flock to those who would destroy us.
People purport that Pope Francis’ perplexing behavior is a reflection of Jesus’ interaction with, and embrace of, sinners. But, there is a vast difference between Jesus’ reasoning for His actions and those of this current Pope.
The sinners, to whom Jesus strove to bring the Good News, were clueless. They did not know about Jesus’ teachings, and so their lives reflected this profound lack of knowledge. They were ignorant sinners and Jesus brought them the truth, and the light, they repented and were brought into the fold.
Jesus did NOT enable continued misdeeds, but instead, insisted that once His followers had heard His word, that they, “Go and sin no more.” He never cut them a break, or encouraged their continued sinfulness by saying, “Go and sin some more.”
And yet this is exactly what this current Pope is doing while he continues to enable, reward and embrace, well-versed-in-the-Word-of-God, sinners!
Rather than encourage repentance, and a return to the fold, Pope Francis makes excuses for the deviant, and immoral, behavior of today’s wayward Catholics. Catholics who have been radicalized by the ideology of non-Christian, lesbian-led, radical, second and third-wave feminists, such as Betty Friedan, Gloria Steinem, Ruth Bader-Ginsburg and Bella Abzug. Anti-Christian ideology that was simultaneously advanced world-wide through these same anti-Christian, radical feminist’s invention of “political correctness“. Preposterous, deliberately inaccurate and lie-ladened, political correctness, which Pope Francis has astoundingly embraced personally.
The sinners he embraces, and panders to, are the very same misguided, arrogant “Catholics” who, unlike 2000 years ago, are fully aware of Jesus’ teachings and choose instead to stubbornly, unrepentantly and arrogantly, reject them, or worse yet, push for “changes” within Church doctrine to better reflect their sinfulness, as acceptable.
These are the very same influential, fallen-away, “Catholic” hypocrites, like Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Vice-President Joe Biden, Sen. Ted Kennedy, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, U. S. Supreme Court Justices William Brennan and Anthony Kennedy, who have literally defined their lives by their public contempt for the tenets of the Catholic faith that they purportedly embrace.
And, to make matters worse, not only does this Pope excuse these influential “Catholics” heretical lives but he does the same for everyday, fallen-away Catholics for whom divorce, homosexuality and abortion define their lives, by inviting them to private meetings with him at the Vatican, while at the same time, leaving the true followers of Christianity waiting for hours, outside in the rain.
By the Pope’s “acceptance” of deviant behavior as normal, and his unnerving lack of direction to “Go and sin no more”, he is virtually giving permission to these anti-Christian anarchists to continue to whittle away at Church doctrine.
Rather than stand his ground and insist that these heretics return to the fold, he gives them preferential treatment, and astoundingly gives-them-a-pass in public saying, “Who am I to judge.”
If Pope Francis accepts sin, rather than demanding repentance, what is the Church’s role in the world?
If he stands for moral relativism, rather than moral absolutism, he literally demotes the Church to the unenviable position of being simply on par with every other secularized institution on earth.
So, what is the Church’s ultimate purpose, or better yet, who needs it, since it is now just one, among dozens, of banal political voices howling in the wilderness?
Author Steven W. Mosher is a pro-life activist, social scientist and a convert to Catholicism. His journey to Catholicism began with his Stanford University research in China, on the effects of the Chinese Communist Party’s one-child policy.
The reality and the horrors of the third trimester abortions, to which hysterical, crying and wailing pregnant women were forcibly subjected, changed Mosher’s life. He said, “They were crying, begging for mercy and praying for their dying children. It’s one thing to think about abortion in the abstract, but when you see a baby at seven-months gestation, it’s a baby — truly one of us,” He went on to say that, “It was as if the pit of hell opened up before me. All of the rationalizations were swept away by the brute facts — the humanity of these babies and their killing. I instantly realized that an abortion was the taking of a human life, and I became pro-life.”
Upon reflection, Mosher came to the Church because he ultimately decided that the “only organization consistently defending the sanctity of life from conception to natural death was the Catholic Church, which had preserved the fullness of the truth. Others had abandoned parts, if not all, of it.”
Steven Mosher is married and has nine children. And, as a U. S. social scientist with a speciality in Chinese culture, he is proficient in: Mandarin and Cantonese, but is also fluent in Spanish, German, Dutch, Taiwanese, and Japanese.
Obviously, Mosher is a profoundly intelligent social scientist, and a committed Catholic, but he does not suffer fools gladly. He recently wrote an article expressing his shock concerning the recent release of Pope Francis’ hysterically naive, preposterously misguided and deliberately misleading Papal encyclical on “global warming”, which was titled Laudato Si.
Mosher’s article, which was published in the New York Post, reflects the very same consternation that many of the intelligent, well-educated, well-informed, honest and serious, Christian scientists in the field of climatology, experienced at yet another profoundly erroneous assault on the facts, undertaken by way of the misguided, and outrageous, “consensus” commentaries produced by the Pope, and his highly political, radical leftist advisers. Advisers, whom you can see from Mosher’s article, are life-long atheists, political leftists and social anarchists. Twisted men who are bent on destroying the Church from within; civilization from without and humanity through tyranny. Their goals are the attainment of pure political power and their short-sighted arrogance will do nothing more than return humanity to abject poverty, while they live in undeserved luxury, above the fray.
Pope Francis has allowed himself to become a puppet for the jealous power mongers of political correctness. Those who would destroy good, in order to reap political power for themselves.
And, the fact that a Pope would embrace such a blatant Marxist agenda as his own, is an appalling disgrace!
It is a conceited betrayal, of the highest order, of the pious position of the Papacy. And, his misguided “enemies list” has resulted in the contamination of the Vatican by vicious, anti-Christian vermin who support those same baseless, irrational delusions.
Pope Francis has literally ventured into the realm of the absurd, while he deliberately chooses to portray himself as a “common, humble man”, when the unvarnished truth is, that he is nothing of the sort.
His fake “humility” is arrogantly tinged with palpable disdain for the very teachings of the Church he supposedly represents. He is a man of astounding egotistical effrontery and conceit!
Pope Francis has even chosen to disrupt the Vatican’s thousand-year old tradition of living in the Papal apartments, arrogantly wreaking havoc on the security personal, the household routines and the people who are required to attend to his needs. And rather than consider the enormous challenges of reinventing time-honored, and successful traditions for those involved, he recently fired the head of the Swiss Guard because he took issue with the Pope’s decision to ignore the decades old security system, which had successfully protected the Pope for decades!
So, by choosing to lower the Church’s acceptable standards of behavior, while at the same time pandering, and placating, sinners through his advocacy of misguided political theories, rather than advocating for the good, proven, and solid tenets of Christianity, Pope Francis is unwittingly unleashing, enabling and embracing hatred for Christians, and Christianity, throughout the world.
Thanks to his personal inability to acknowledge, or even feign efforts to vanquish, evil, his global flock is being persecuted at levels not seen since ancient Rome. ISIS is now booby-trapping Christian infants so they explode, when picked up!!!
The Pope’s recent “global warming” encyclical is by far the most embarrassing of his political pronouncement to date.
It shows the profound level of brainwashing he has experienced, and shoots his credibility, as a Christian world leader, in the foot.
Francis has revealed himself to be a political puppet of profound proportions on this topic, as it is an irrefutable scientific fact that global warming ceased to advance 19 years ago, in 1996.
“Climate change” is now nothing more than an instrument of intimidation and extortion used for purely political reasons, to dishonestly punish those who have contributed so much to humanity’s well-being and advancement. It is a vehicle driven purely by jealousy, by those who cannot compete on the open market. It is used to create unnecessary turmoil while unjustifiably pitting the “haves” against the “have-nots.”
As Thomas Sowell, the American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author, stated so simply, “Would you bet your paycheck on a weather forecast for tomorrow? If not, then why should this country bet billions on global warming predictions that have even less foundation?”
And yet, this is exactly what the Pope has foolishly done in his rush to judgement of those who provide all of mankind with the highest standard of living in history.
Here is Mr. Mosher’s New York Post article. You decide whether you think the Pope has purposely chosen to go-down-the-rabbit-hole?
I’m convinced he has!
And, thanks to the Pope’s abandonment of the essential tenets of Christianity, in favor of the destructive, anti-Christian ideology of radical feminism’s political correctness, we as Christians, are now left defenseless, leaderless and vulnerable to across-the-board, all-out attack!
If nothing else, the sudden proliferation of Christian persecutions world-wide, should give the Pope pause.
We can only hope and pray that HE will soon return to the fold.
Having read through Pope Francis’ new encyclical, I am dismayed at how many groundless assertions it makes. From a strictly scientific point of view, Laudato Si is an embarrassment.
I’m not talking about the much ballyhooed support the encyclical gives to climate change. The problem lies in other questionable claims it makes about the “environmental crisis,” and “the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air, and in all forms of life.”
Here are some of the fictions related in Chapter One of the encyclical, which is entitled “What is Happening to Our Common Home”:
On the issue of water, for example, the encyclical claims that “One particularly serious problem is the quality of water available to the poor…the quality of available water is constantly diminishing.”
But according to the Millennium Development Goals 2014 Report, “Access to an improved drinking water source became a reality for 2.3 billion people” over the past 20 years. This United Nations report rightly celebrates the fact that “the target of halving the proportion of people without access to an improved drinking water source was achieved in 2010, five years ahead of schedule.”
Then there is the section of the encyclical called “The Loss of Biodiversity,” which makes the sweeping assertion that human beings are killing off other species at an alarming rate: “Each year sees the disappearance of thousands of plant and animal species which we will never know, which our children will never see, because they have been lost for ever. The great majority become extinct for reasons related to human activity.”The evidence does not support this claim. While many species have seen their natural habitats reduced, the Convention on Biological Diversity set a goal of setting aside 17% of global terrestrial areas and 10% of coastal and marine areas by 2020 as nature preserves. The good news is that such preserves currently include some “14.6% of the earth’s land surface area and 9.7% of its coastal marine areas.”
This means we are already very close to achieving our internationally agreed upon goal of protecting biodiversity and reducing anthropogenic species extinction in this way. There is no need for panic.
The encyclical also looks askance at economic growth: “[T]he growth of the past two centuries has not always led to…an improvement in the quality of life.”
Really? In 1815, there were approximately 1 billion people alive on the planet. The average lifespan was 30 years, and the per capita income was a mere $100.
Today there are 7.3 billion people on Planet Earth. They can expect to live to an average age of 71. They also enjoy a GDP per capita (using purchasing power parity) of more than $12,000. In other words, as our numbers have grown, our well-being and prosperity have multiplied. Lifespans have more than doubled and per capita incomes have risen a hundredfold!
How can this dramatic — and historically unprecedented — improvement in the quality of life be so cavalierly dismissed?
A dismal tone of environmental “apocalypse now” pervades the entire document, as when it breathlessly proclaims that “Doomsday predictions can no longer be met with irony or disdain. We may well be leaving to coming generations debris, desolation and filth.”
Such passages read for all the world like “The Limits to Growth” study commissioned by the Club of Rome, a global think tank. This 1972 study predicted that the world would run out of various “nonrenewable resources” in the 1980s and 1990s, and that environmental, economic and societal collapse would follow.
It didn’t happen then, and there is no evidence that it will happen now.
It is perhaps no coincidence that Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, a radical environmentalist who had a part in drafting the encyclical, is a member of the Club of Rome. Schellnhuber was apparently selected for this role by Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo, the head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.
Pope Francis is not trained in the natural sciences and so necessarily relied on environmental “experts” selected by others to advise him on these matters. Who but the head of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences should have ensured that this encyclical was free of the errors of scientific fact the it is littered with?
But in selecting Schellnhuber, Archbishop Sorondo might as well have turned the pope’s manuscript over to a fundraising copywriter from the Environmental Defense Fund.
The people pushing this agenda aren’t interested in smart solutions that benefit humans while protecting the planet. They’re alarmists who won’t be happy until we’re back in caves.
Written by Steven W. Mosher. He is president of the Population Research Institute and the author of “Population Control: Real Costs and Illusory Benefits.”