I’m not a Catholic. I’m not even a Christian. But I have become, in the last year, quite fond of Pope Francis. Finally, a religious and spiritual leader who places the common person ABOVE the rich, the powerful, and even above some of the constraining dogma of the Roman Catholic church. All of those “little” things give me a lot of satisfaction. But what’s even more satisfying is this: Pope Francis has made right-wing Christians explode with rage!
Congressional Republicans invited Pope Benedict XVI to address Congress awhile ago. Boy, do they wish they could rescind that invitation now that the much more progressive Pope Francis is gearing up to come to Washington on September 24.
The people’s pope has been on a tear lately, one week suggesting that women who have had abortions might be forgiven, the next week saying there might be room in the church for divorced people, and fast-tracking the annulment process.
All this forgiveness seems downright un-Christian to the conservative right, both here, and Vatican observers say, within the church hierarchy where a culture war and conservative backlash is brewing. What has conservatives in such a tizzy? The pope had already implied that atheists who live a moral life might find a way into heaven, and declined to pass judgment on gay people (literally, he said, “Who am I to judge?”). This forgiving, inclusive and compassionate church is not the one conservatives signed up for.
Inclusion. Forgiveness. Compassion. Those three words absolutely DEFINE EXACTLY that which every good conservative has been carefully taught to hate, fear, and despise. The linked article carries forth with a detailed discussion of how Francis is responding to the existential needs of common people, and how he accepts and urges forth the practicality of accepting both scientific and economic realities, always with the intent of benefiting the planet and the life it allows/supports. YIKES! He’s a commie! Pope Francis Is Part Of KGB’s Global Communist Agenda!
No wonder conservatives everywhere are pissed! No wonder I’m laughing! A LOT! No WONDER I Like Pope Francis!