I truly don’t know what to make of this Pope. There are some things I like about him; there are some things I really don’t like about him. He is truly fearless about his personal safety and he truly seems to have a heart of Christlike compassion for the poor, the sick and the downtrodden. But he also seems to have a profound naiveté about economics and science and doesn’t seem to understand how his words are being hijacked by people and organizations that are Christianity’s very worst enemies.
And therein lies the rub. Pope Francis issues a statement on global warming and calls it a crisis that we must work to solve. I don’t think the man understands the science or the genuine and legitimate scientific debate coming from the scientists he dismises, but okay. But what does he GROUND his statement about fighting global warming on?
● “Since everything is interrelated, concern for the protection of nature is also incompatible with the justification of abortion. How can we genuinely teach the importance of concern for other vulnerable beings, however troublesome or inconvenient they may be, if we fail to protect a human embryo, even when its presence is uncomfortable and creates difficulties?”
● “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.”
● “There is a tendency to justify transgressing all boundaries when experimentation is carried out on living human embryos. We forget that the inalienable worth of a human being transcends his or her degree of development.”
That’s right, liberals: the sanctity of human life, the inalienable worth of all human beings, the transcendent value and dignity of humanity, most especially including the unborn human life in the womb.
But what did the leftist secular humanist media do? They either completely ignored that part – while stripping from the discussion what they didn’t like and hyping the part they LIKED – or they quibbled with the Pope’s reasoning while insisting on hypocritically clutching to the Pope’s authority after they rejected the very authority of the man whose authority they are clutching to.
And they’ve done the very same thing with every single issue that the Pope has addressed where he has seemingly taken a pro-leftist side. As another example, what the Pope said about homosexuality – “Who am I to judge?” – had a context that was utterly ignored in most media coverage that hyped the ONLY part they liked.
At this point it is difficult for me to understand how this Pope is so isolated from his own media coverage that he doesn’t understand how his words are being radically stripped from their context and politically demagogued into a weapon against the very Christians he claims to represent.
I listen to the Pope talk about peace as if the United States not going to war against evil would bring about peace. Does the man truly not realize that we have the LARGEST and most CATASTROPHIC crisis migration in the world today since the very worst of World War II because we have essentially done what this Pope said and not confronted evil with force? Does he not realize that Iraq and Afghanistan – which were once secure by fighting men who combined force with moral courage – and Syria are going down the toilet bowl into hell because we have withdrawn? We listen to the Pope’s words on economics. And yes, they, like many other things the Pope said were so nuanced as to be basically meaningless – to the sense that socialism is a good thing and capitalism is a bad thing. But how can he not simply have eyes to see and ears to hear and witness the overall wealth that has come to societies that practice capitalism contrasted with the ravaging poverty that has been ENDEMIC to socialist countries and not comprehend that his analysis is far too simplistic?
I speak the above paragraph recognizing that the mainstream media has so dishonestly stripped the meaning of the Pope’s words that convey a support for socialism and allow socialists to literally say they are acting out Jesus’ teaching when they massively expand the power of the very human government system that put Jesus to death on a Roman government cross. The Catholic News Agency is rushing out to try to quell this ocean of disinformation. But to what avail?
All that nuance – which I find frankly horrifying in that I would rather people disagree understanding one another’s viewpoints than have facile agreements based on rhetoric and twisting shades of shadowy nuance – aside, let’s get to at least one unequivocal example of the popular Pope Francis IN YO’ FACE, leftist:
Govt workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses -pope
September 28, 2015
Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a “human right” to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.
Speaking to reporters as he returned home from a 10-day trip to the United States and Cuba, Francis also repeated his condemnation of priests who had sexually abused children, saying the victims had been “crushed by evil”.
Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States’ thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes.
On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licences to gays.
“Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical structure because it is a right,” Francis said.
Earlier this month a county official in the state of Kentucky, Kim Davis, went to jail because she refused to issue a marriage license to a gay couple following a Supreme Court decision to make homosexual marriage legal.
Davis’s case has taken on national significance in the 2016 presidential campaign, with one Republican contender, Mike Huckabee, holding rallies in favour of Davis, a Apostolic Christian, who has since joined the Republican party.
“I can’t have in mind all cases that can exist about conscientious objection but, yes, I can say that conscientious objection is a right that is a part of every human right,” he said, speaking in Italian.
“And if someone does not allow others to be a conscientious objector, he denies a right,” he added.
Francis said conscientious objection had to be respected in legal structures. “Otherwise we would end up in a situation where we select what is a right, saying: ‘This right has merit, this one does not.'”
So we must understand that the people who are citing the Pope as their champion on global warming and a host of other issues were just morally condemned AS HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS.
Barack Obama is a HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR. Obama in fact wants to keep pushing farther and farther and forcing people of good conscience to violate their consciences on more and more issues or face the full-weight of totalitarian secular humanist socialist government power. Hillary Clinton is a HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATOR, according to the Pope that the left most adores. The Democrat Party is a PARTY of human rights violation.
This mindset that human government is the end of all there is, all there was or all there ever will be, and that people ought to be thralls under its raw power, are EVIL.
I marvel at the left and the incredibly cynical way they exploit Jesus Christ: Jesus was NOT a socialist. At NO point during His ministry did Jesus EVER claim that government ought to be feeding the poor, taking care of the sick, etcetera. He said to His disciples, YOU do these things. He never so much as even remotely SUGGESTED that King Herod’s Jewish government or Pontius Pilate’s Roman government ought to install a welfare system or a socialized medical system.
I read a couple of passages in the Old Testament to people: I read 1 Samuel chapter 8:10-22
10 Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. 11 He said, “This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. 12 Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. 13 He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. 14 He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. 15 He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. 16 Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle[a] and donkeys he will take for his own use. 17 He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. 18 When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day.”
19 But the people refused to listen to Samuel. “No!” they said. “We want a king over us. 20 Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles.”
21 When Samuel heard all that the people said, he repeated it before the Lord. 22 The Lord answered, “Listen to them and give them a king.”
When the people wanted expanded human government, it was NOT a good thing to the LORD God; it was an EVIL thing that God condemned.
Another passage I read to people is Daniel 2:31-35:
31 “Your Majesty looked, and there before you stood a large statue—an enormous, dazzling statue, awesome in appearance. 32 The head of the statue was made of pure gold, its chest and arms of silver, its belly and thighs of bronze, 33 its legs of iron, its feet partly of iron and partly of baked clay. 34 While you were watching, a rock was cut out, but not by human hands. It struck the statue on its feet of iron and clay and smashed them. 35 Then the iron, the clay, the bronze, the silver and the gold were all broken to pieces and became like chaff on a threshing floor in the summer. The wind swept them away without leaving a trace. But the rock that struck the statue became a huge mountain and filled the whole earth.
Daniel goes on to explain this dream in verses 36-45 that the king of Babylon had and we know understand from history what these successive governments were: the king and Babylon was the head of gold; with successive human governments that would arise after him and after Babylon: the next government characterized by silver would be the Medo-Persians, the third government that was of bronze would be the Greeks following the conquest of Alexander the Great. The fourth government of iron would be Rome. And a final government that was partly of iron, and partly of clay (many believe this represents the worst blend of both fascism and democracy) would be a revived Roman empire that continues to exist to this day and will ultimately rise to true power under the government of the coming Antichrist.
We find that human government doesn’t get better, it gets WORSE. With each successive government, the worst of the preceding government is carried on, with less valuable elements characterizing the whole. Human government isn’t getting better; it is getting WORSE. And ultimately a Stone, represented by Jesus Christ, the Messiah, will crash into the government of the Antichrist and destroy it. And destroy the entire system of human government because human government is FAILURE.
The Stone is cut out of the mountain without hands. It is NOT an entity of ANY human making. It is the divine Messiah that Democrats have made it their mission in life to REJECT as they keep pushing for more and more and MORE human government that will be the very thing that Christ will come to war against and to destroy in the coming last days.
If I may project the past and present of the Democrat Party to its future: Democrats have radically chosen the wrong side, the side of human government at WAR with Jesus Christ and His ways and His Kingdom. They WILL take the side of the Antichrist – the ultimate power of human government – and they WILL take his mark on their right hands or on their foreheads. They have already been worshiping the power of human government as “savior” for decades. And Democrats WILL be broken and destroyed by the Stone, Jesus Christ, and they WILL ultimately burn in hell for their wicked choices that we ALREADY see in their pathological drive to murder babies and exalt homosexuality.
I know that I am digressing, but the Word of God is also crystal clear about the notion of entering into a covenant with a nation like Iran – and the subterfuges and outright lies that Obama manifested in order to shove this covenant through every obstacle:
You boast, “We have struck a bargain to cheat death and have made a deal to dodge the grave. The coming destruction can never touch us, for we have built a strong refuge made of lies and deception.”.” — Isaiah 28:15
Most translations of this passage use the phrase, “a covenant with death.” But the above provides the most accurate essence of what Isaiah is saying: we have wicked people who will try to make a covenant with death in order to cheat death. While they themselves have brought that very death upon themselves by their depraved appeasement. Iran is a nation that has made “a covenant with death” its very FOUNDATION. During the Iran-Iraq War, Iran sent 100,000 of its minor-age CHILDREN screaming across the front line to be blown to bits in death charge after death charge. This nation is a DEATH CULT and CONTINUES to be a death cult that screams, “Death to America! Death to Israel!” Iran is a death cult to its very CORE. And Barack Obama is a wicked man who entered into a wicked, unholy agreement with a death cult because he is a coward who lives by lies. And the Barack Obama presidency is therefore ITSELF “a covenant with death.”
Isaiah 28:25 is “the Obama verse,” as it captures the very essence of the wicked heart of this liar without shame, without honor, without decency, without virtue of any kind, as he exploits lie after lie after lie and the stupidity of sheople to believe those lies, as he imposes all of his covenants with death.
NOTHING that Barack Obama has done, NOTHING that the Democrat Party has done, is anything CLOSE to God’s will.
Democrats have WARRED on the VERY PEOPLE whom Jesus empowered to take care of the poor, the sick and the downtrodden. They have actively sought to minimize the role of the Church. That fact was manifested in another of the Pope’s actions while he was here as he visited with the Little Sisters of the Poor – casualties of the hatred toward the Church manifested by Barack Obama and his Democrat Party machine. Democrats have every day and in every way actively sought to make more and more and more crushingly powerful the very system of human government that the Bible says is DOOMED to failure.
But you’ll never hear the words or teachings of Jesus accurately portrayed. Any more than you’ll likely ever hear the words or teachings of this Pope accurately depicted by pathologically dishonest secular humanist liberals for that matter, I suppose.