Together with Gettino, Solanas also founded Tercer Cine (Third Cinema), a title referencing the Third Word. Prominent in the 1970s and 1980s, it was a movement—a school—opposed to neocolonialism and capitalism……..
The infamous anti-fracking photo-op was no casual event, it was a carefully orchestrated photo-op – UPDATED January 27, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, SOD.
So says Maureen Malarkey, whose research seems solid to me. The photo-op, of course, included this now famous photograph:
The author gives the background to this event, and it is quite eye-opening:
Effort was made by papal apologists to dismiss the image as nothing more than a visual equivalent to Francis’ off-the-cuff malapropisms—a genial Francis being courteous to some activists.
…..That meeting between Francis and Solanas on November 11, 2013, had been scheduled for months. It was the culmination of a Vatican conference on “environmental crimes” with Argentine activists. Federal prosecutor Gustavo Gomez participated. When discussions ended, Francis’ invited Solanas and Gomez into his apartment for a private audience and closing photo-op. A cameraman and sound technician accompanied. There was nothing casual about it.
In the course of it, Francis has condemned 46 percent youth unemployment in an unnamed European country but appears to have no grasp of the causes of such unemployment. He offers only distaste for the vague “unjust international system” we are living in. That, plus a wave of the hand encompassing Hiroshima, mining, and high-voltage cables is presented in evidence that “we are living the myth of Shiva.”
Despite the resurgence of a conquering Islam and the gruesome cleansing of Christians from the Middle East, Francis declares that “the greatest conflict that is rising is the struggle over water.” We must not waste or contaminate water. Toward the end of this strange performance, Francis quotes Zhou Enlai, Mao’s henchman. While an innocuous quotation in itself, Francis’ choice of it signals sympathy with Solanas’ ideological tastes. [I have to wonder why a pope would have quotes from Zhou En-Lai available for immediate mental recall. Wow. And that is such a shrewd thing to do, and we have seen it frequently.]
I think it should be obvious by now, this pope is a master of stagecraft and very little, if any, of the numerous photo-ops of this pontificate have truly been spontaneous. This is just one particularly well-researched event, but there are similar explanations (or would be, if someone took the time) of the “set up” for many others.
I’m trying to find some balance. I am determined to be realistic. I don’t agree with the title of the post at the link. Even though the evidence looks bad, I keep praying and hoping beyond hope that it’s not true. But I also won’t pretend things like this are not significant, and it’s also no accident we’re seeing more and more of this as we get closer to March’s first ever gerbal gorming encyclical.
UPDATE: Uff da. In another “off-the cuff”, spontaneous event, Pope Francis is planning to hold a photo-op at the US-Mexican border to show “brotherhood” with immigrants during his upcoming US visit. This is not confirmed, yet, so who knows what will develop.