Another kind of inequality: Pope Francis barely mentions moral evils, dwells on prudential issues at length September 24, 2015Posted by Tantumblogo in abdication of duty, Abortion, contraception, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, General Catholic, Papa, pr stunts, sadness, scandals, secularism, self-serving, shocking, Society, the struggle for the Church.
Has Pope Francis mentioned Jesus Christ in any of this speeches in the US, yet? I believe he did in the Serra canonization Mass but not in the many other speeches.
He certainly didn’t to Congress. He also only mentioned abortion in a passing allusion, while he dwelt at length on eminently prudential subjects like climate change and how to address “income inequality” (one might rebut with Mk 14:7).
Jesus Christ seems to be getting unequal treatment.
The conservative media is beginning to note that Pope Francis’ political/cultural orientation looks less and less like a figment of progressive’s imagination, and more like reality. Hardest hit: those conservativish Catholic sources who cannot fathom the concept of an ideologically progressive pope:
Believe it or not, the one line he devoted to abortion was one line more than he devoted to the subject of Jesus, who wasn’t mentioned at all in this morning’s speech according to the transcript. Maybe that was a deliberate choice made by Francis, to stick to politics and universal principles before a domestic television audience with many millions of non-Christians. (He did mention Moses.) Or maybe he just had more important things that he wanted to talk about, like the environment.
It’s not that the Pope has rejected traditional Catholic teachings on morals and the family (although he’s upset them a little), it’s that his passions palpably run towards other aspects of Catholic teaching. That’s why the left embraces him notwithstanding the fact that he always says the socially conservative thing about abortion and gay marriage when those topics are raised. They can tell where his priorities are. It’s all in the emphasis. Here’s the sum total of what he said today about abortion to a national legislature that’s currently debating whether to shut down the government to stop the country’s biggest abortion mill from being funded: “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.” That was sandwiched between several paragraphs about our duty to welcome our illegal immigrant neighbors (“We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome”) [I’m sorry, but that’s really a flippant, unserious kind of argument. There are very substantial reasons to limit immigration, and those reasons can be perfectly consonant with the Doctrine of the Faith. This is frankly cheap rhetoric for a Pope to use] and the need to “avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity.” Ending the death penalty, which won’t be happening anytime soon in America — unless their royal highnesses, the Supreme Court, intervene, of course — got a full paragraph. Even the Iran deal, or whatever this passage is about, got more than a single line: [Actually, this was probably about the Cuba detente. Direct papal quote follows]
From this perspective of dialogue, I would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. It is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women, in any way possible, to do the same. [Nothing about salvation, preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, or any of that? No: “building bridges”] When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue – a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons – new opportunities open up for all. This has required, and requires, courage and daring, which is not the same as irresponsibility. A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces (cf. Evangelii Gaudium, 222-223).
One person is beyond pleased with the papal speeches. Joltin’ Joe Biden:
“He’s the embodiment of Catholic social doctrine that I was raised with. The idea that everyone’s entitled to dignity,” the vice president said of Pope Francis in an interview with the Rev. Matt Malone, president and editor in chief of America Media, an ABC News partner.
“I’m excited, quite frankly, as a practicing Catholic. I am really excited by the whole world is getting to see what are the basic essential elements of what constitutes Catholicism.”
So, what constitutes Catholicism to Biden: no mention of Jesus Christ, eternity, salvation, Heaven, hell, sin, repentance, etc. No, something very different, almost the sense of an “earthly paradise.”
Good luck with that.