Francis to make huge political statement by hosting Mass at non-existent US border fence February 12, 2016Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, different religion, episcopate, error, foolishness, Francis, General Catholic, Immigration, pr stunts, scandals, secularism, self-serving, Society, the struggle for the Church.
If you’ve ever been to where US77 from Brownsville crosses to Matamoros, you know there is a very impressive looking fence along the US side of the Rio Grande. About 10-12 ft tall and topped with concertina wire, it looks like a serious deterrent to illegal crossings. The only problem is, the fence only extends about 100 yards from the actual port of entry on either side. Or, at least it did 20 years ago when I was last there.
And that’s how it generally goes along the US-Mexico border. In and near populated areas, there are various fences of different levels of effectiveness separating the two countries. But for hundreds upon hundreds of miles along most of the sparsely populated border, there is nothing at all. The Rio Grande forms little deterrent most of the year, being not much more than a glorified creek only a few feet deep. West of El Paso, there is often nothing to demarcate where the US ends and Mexico begins. Maybe a rancher’s barbed wire fence, which are constantly cut by illegal crossers, just one of many sources of grave economic impact for those who live along the border.
But standing along the hundreds of miles of open range between Columbus and Nogales would not make the political point that is desired, so Francis will be offering Mass next week at one of the few locations where there is a semi-serious looking fence, along the border between lawless Ciudad Juarez and El Paso.
Looks impressive, right? But at some point just a few miles outside of town, the fence does this:
It just stops. Very little except for a scattered and woefully undermanned Border Patrol presence to prevent someone from crossing over.
The video below shows the proximity of the Mass center stage to the border:
The fence is generally in the background and to right, dwarfed by the papal stage. I’m sure there will be many poignant photos of Americans with their faces pressed up against the fence in their desire to be near the Bishop of Rome. Progressive gold.
A couple of points from this article on the pending visit:
Miguel Angel Lopez, 51, is a construction worker at the mass site. He has lived in Juárez for 30 years and remembers a time not long ago when it was much harder to find employment.
“When the violence was terrible, many of us could not find work,” Lopez said. “There are still murders here, but not like before.”
Lopez is not Catholic, but part of the 11 percent of the Juárez population that is evangelical or Protestant. Symbols of their faith are seen throughout the city, most prominently on a mountain displaying the message “The Bible is the truth: Read it” in large white letters. [Plainly visible from El Paso. I have always understood that huge sign to have been protestant in origin]
………Mark J. Seitz, the bishop of the El Paso Catholic Diocese, doesn’t think El Paso turned its back on its neighbor city.
“I think there is a deep sense here in El Paso that what is good for Juárez is good for us,” Seitz said. “We care about them, and I think we’ve had a similar feeling from the people in Juárez.”
Francis’ visit is a chance to show that collaboration between cities, he said.
“One thing I believe that Pope Francis will highlight is the sense of community across borders that can be found here, which I think is somewhat unique among border communities,” Seitz said……..
………Abuyen wandered around downtown on that Friday afternoon, posing for a photo with the Francis cutout in the city where she grew up.
“This is more than a symbol,” she said in Spanish. “This is God in physical form.”[Wha?!? I know St. Catherine of Siena called the pope “sweet Christ on earth” but this is idolatry and blasphemy. The pope is not God. Think papalotry is not a problem?]
As a bit of a rejoinder to the happy-clappy image that will be presented throughout Francis’ visit to Mexico (some of his key meetings will be with the disastrously heretical Bishop of Saltillo Raul Vera Lopez, frequently called “the gay bishop” for his endorsement of sodomy and other grave moral evils), Breitbart Texas reported earlier this week that Mexican authorities have found underground ovens used by Los Zetas to destroy the remains of thousands of innocent souls slaughtered by the narco-gang. Los Zetas dominated the government of Coahuila for years, and (along with other gangs) continue to frequently rule from behind the scenes in many regions of that afflicted country (you should really read the whole article, it reveals, to a small degree, the depth of the corruption in Mexican government and how that nation more or less functions as a lawless narco-state, at least over vast regions).
Will Francis directly condemn the drug traffickers and their war against the Mexican people? Who knows:
The Mexican Los Zetas cartel used a network of oven facilities to cover-up the systematic mass extermination of innocent people during the 2011-2013 period when the cartel had complete governmental control over most of the Mexican state of Coahuila. From the then-governor of Coahuila, down to the city jails, Los Zetas had complete control of every aspect of governmental process and of the lives of Mexican citizens–including news media. Their atrocities in Coahuila have remained largely unreported and undocumented by any governmental agencies; local, state, federal, or international.
And he wants this country to open its border even more to this kind of nightmarish chaos?
Once again, we see Francis entering deeply into national politics. This trip was planned well after it became apparent that immigration may well be the deciding issue in the 2016 US presidential election. If Donald Trump is elected president, it will largely be due to his very strong stand against illegal immigration, which a very large number of Americans feel has gotten totally out of hand and is in the process of remaking this nation into something incompatible with its founding precepts. Now Francis is giving a very public demonstration of his support for open borders and unconstrained immigration from poorer countries into richer ones. The symbolism and intent are unmistakable.
Amazing how when it’s a more conservative pope, there are constant choruses from the media about how they must butt out of national politics and “rise above” such factionalism by speaking only in the broadest terms and never “lowering themselves” into taking stands on specific matters of policy (which is another way of saying: shut up). But when it’s a much more progressive pope, oh, then he’s a brilliant leader of the benighted and a valuable contributor to the national debate, who absolutely must be heard.
Gotcha. Whatever is good for progressivism, that’s good, whatever is not, well, that’s very, very bad.
Is TFG just one more voice in that ever-present chorus?