While good Catholic churchmen come out with the things they should and run risks:
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the redoubtable Archbishop of Durban in South Africa, has denounced what he calls the devious “tactic” used by the BBC to undermine traditional and Christian morality.
… and Cherie last evening wrote, in part four of the mini-series:
His [Jesus’s] teachings were in no way political. His teachings are about spiritual truths and the pathway to God.
Pope Francis on Monday urged countries to greatly improve their welcome to migrants and stop collective expulsions, saying migrants’ dignity and right to protection trumps national security concerns.
In the message, Francis demanded governments welcome, protect, promote and integrate migrants, saying Jesus’ message of love is rooted in welcoming the “rejected strangers of every age.”
There were, naturally, some harsh things said about his communism but this was a more restrained comment:
He is a weak, soft-left churchman who has been put into a position far above his competency. Pope Francis is unable to control the factions in the Vatican who disregard orthodoxy and instead advocate leftism.
Most Christians, Catholic or not, will disregard the Pope’s Virtue Signalling and go about implementing sensible measures to control migrants and the destabilization and danger they pose. But the greatest damage Pope Francis is doing is in his own church, driving many Catholics to disregard such nonsensical statements and further weakening Papal power and credibility.
While the Church will survive Francis, as it has other bad popes, it will take some time to recover its lost credibility, trust, and leadership role among the faithful. Pope Francis will be remembered for his lapses in doctrine and his failure in common sense and leadership. His tenure will be judged a failure, and one having serious consequences.
The subtlety of evil
To the word ‘banality’ might be added ‘subtlety’. It’s very, very clever to take something like the instruction to love our fellow man in a Good Samaritan way and turn it into social engineering where whole populations are shifted, supposedly for altruistic reasons. That was certainly NOT what Jesus of Nazareth had in mind as written in the gospels.
He is recorded as speaking of there always being wars, of giving Caesar what was Caesar’s etc. His whole thrust concerned personal belief and behaviour, not the reconstituting of nations. Bergoglio is well out of order saying these things to the millions of Catholics around the world.