Pope Francis’ careening, “off-the-cuff” sermon to Cuban yutes about what you’d expect September 22, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, disaster, disconcerting, error, General Catholic, Papa, scandals, secularism, Society, SOD, the return, the struggle for the Church.
I could throw out a lot of adjectives, but I’d just be repeating what has already been said many times before. Via Mahound’s Paradise (original here), some excerpts from Pope Francis’ sermon to the glorious progressive people’s children of the future (I add emphasis and comments):
You said a phrase that I underlined and took note of: “that we might know how to welcome and accept the one who thinks differently than us.” Truly, sometimes we are closed in. We shut ourselves in our little world: “This is either the way that I want it or we’re not doing it.” And you went even further, “that we don’t close ourselves into the ‘little convents’ of ideologies or in the ‘little convents’ of religions. That we might grow in the face of individualism.” [Submitting to the Doctrine of the Faith is the opposite of individualism.
When a religion becomes a “little convent” it loses the best that it has, it loses its reality of adoring God, of believing in God. It’s a little convent of words, of prayers, of “I’m good and you’re bad,’ of moral regulations. I have my ideology, my way of thinking and you have yours; I close myself in this “little convent” of ideology. [Does Pope Francis believe that Sacred Doctrine given by God directly to the Church for the conversion and salvation of mankind equates to mere ideology? He has said this so many times, it seems impossible to conclude he does not. How is this different from what has been enacted in the dying, most liberal protestant sects? Once again Pope Francis decrees Doctrine – directly revealed by God! – to be somehow in opposition to God, or to a right relationship with God. And then he decries “moral regulations,” while he constantly lays out his own, deeply progressive, moral universe! Are these moral regulations simply the traditional moral Doctrine of the Faith?]
Open hearts. Open minds. If you are different than me, why don’t we talk? Why do we always throw rocks at that which separates us? At that in which we are differing? Why don’t we hold hands in that which we have in common? Motivate ourselves to speak about what we have in common, and then we can talk about the differences we have. [Does that last bit ever happen, or do they tend to get ignored and papered over? Or worse, does a least common denominator approach prevail, where critical distinctions are lost and important truth cast overboard in the interest of a worldly, false, and ineffectual sense of “unity?”] But I said, talk, I didn’t say fight. I didn’t say close ourselves in. I don’t say “shut ourselves into our little convent,” to use the word you used. But this is possible only when I have the capacity to speak of that which I have in common with the other, of that by which we are able to work together…….[I have to conclude based on this the audience consisted primarily of 5 and 6 year olds?]
………This is called social friendship: to seek the common good. Social enmity destroys. A family is destroyed by enmity. A country is destroyed by enmity. The world is destroyed by enmity. And the biggest enmity is war. And today we see that the world is destroying itself with war because people are incapable of sitting down and talking. OK, let’s negotiate. What can we do in common? In what things are we not going to give in? But let’s not kill more people. [Does Pope Francis really believe ISIS, for instance, will respond to negotiation? Please. Should the Allies have negotiated with Hitler? But I thought the Allies were really bad because they failed to bomb the railways to the concentration camps?!? Is this the kind of contradiction that emerges from a simplistic and naive world view?] When there is division, there is death, death in the soul because we are killing the capacity to unite. We are killing social friendship. And that’s what I ask of you today: be capable of creating social friendship……
………Hope is fruitful. Hope is given in work, and here I want to mention a very grave problem that is being experienced in Europe: the number of youth who don’t have work. There are countries in Europe where as many as 40% of youth 25 years old and younger live unemployed. I am thinking of one country. In another country, it’s 47% and in another 50%. [Yes, why is that, Pope Francis? Why is that problem closely correlated with the degree of socialism in the government and the influence of trade unions over those governments? In France, Spain, Italy, and many other European nations, youth cannot find work because the socialist economies are incredibly anemic and do not create new jobs, while trade unions protect current members at the expense of young people. All of this is a direct product of left-wing political-economic policy.]
Evidently, when a people is not concerned with giving work to youth — and when I say “people,” I don’t mean government, I mean the entire people — it doesn’t have a future. [I have a huge problem with this statement. I think it very revealing.]
The youth become part of the throwaway culture and all of us know that today, in this empire of the god money, things are thrown away and people are thrown away, children are thrown away, because they are unwanted, because they kill them before they are born, the elderly are thrown away — I’m speaking of the world in general — because they don’t produce anymore. In some countries, there is legal euthanasia, but in so many others there is a hidden, covered up euthanasia. Youth are thrown away because they are not given work. So then? What is left for a young person who doesn’t have work? A country that doesn’t invent, a people that doesn’t invent employment opportunities for its youth, what’s left for this youth are addictions, or suicide, or to go around looking for armies of destruction to create wars……..[Like the muslim hordes descending on Europe, which development you have endorsed?]
……..And I, Cuban young people, though you think differently from each other, though you have your own points of view, I want you to go along accompanying each other, together, seeking hope, seeking the future and the nobility of your homeland. We began with the word hope and I want to conclude with another word that you said and that I tend to use a lot: the culture of encounter. [Groovy, man] Please, let us not have “un-encounter” among us.[Yeah, that would, like, be a total drag] Let us go accompanying each other, in encounter, even though we think differently, even though we feel differently, but there is something bigger than us, which is the greatness of our people, which is the greatness of our homeland, which is this beauty, this sweet hope for the homeland to which we have to arrive.
I think the bit about people failing to “give work to youth” is quite revealing. First of all, governments don’t create jobs, vibrant economies do. Secondly, it reveals a fundamentally socialistic, or at least progressive, outlook to demand that people be “given” jobs. I don’t believe in that. I love this bit from the John Wayne movie McClintock! below, beginning at 21:00, where a young farmer new in town hits up John Wayne for a job. I think Wayne’s response really dead on.
Aid in the form of “handouts” are certainly necessary for many at various times, but if relied upon for a long period of time inevitably poison one’s sense of self-worth. Ask anyone who volunteers at food banks or similar places about how folks who have relied on such aid for long periods of time frequently become very demanding and unappreciative. The same mentality is operative when one speaks of “giving” jobs to youth (and this is not the first time Pope Francis has used this language).
Certainly the destructive effects of lavish, unaffordable welfare states and incredibly stagnant economies unable to cause new job creation even among Europe’s very few young people (relatively speaking) are very bad things. But the language of the speech seems to operate from the very mentality that gave rise to this unproductive form of political-economic system in the first place. It’s not about “giving” jobs to the young, it’s about the young being able to find positions to fill where they work an honest day for a fair wage. This may sound like semantics, but words have meaning and I think these words are very important.
All in all, I really do wish this Pope would be afflicted with severe laryngitis for the rest of his pontificate. Is that bad?