Papal Bull(s**t)

A Lot In Common

“If the Republican establishment thinks it has a problem with Donald Trump, just wait until the Pope visits America next month and endorses socialist Bernie Sanders for president.” Cliff Kincaid

“Anybody who thinks what I am saying is radical, read what the pope is saying.” — Bernie Sanders

Pope Francis is once again insisting that he is not a communist, that his abiding concern for “the poor” is grounded in the Gospel of Christ, not the ideology of Marx, Engels, or any other communist. Back in 2010, while still a Cardinal, he felt the need to do the same. Why? It may very well be inaccurate to describe the Pope as a communist.  But—and it pains this Catholic writer to admit this—one can be forgiven for suspecting that he is friendlier to this noxious ideology than many of us would care to think.” Jack Kerwick

“One must be very attentive regarding the power of the pope.”Cardinal Raymond Burke

Red PopeIf there’s anything more disconcerting than the President of the United States behaving like a godless communist, it’s the head of the Catholic Church behaving like Barack Obama.  Not that anyone thinks the Pontiff is godless, of course. But as for the other bit:

Pope Francis has urged the downtrodden to change the world economic order, denouncing a “new colonialism” by agencies that impose austerity programs and calling for the poor to have the “sacred rights” of labor, lodging and land … Quoting a fourth century bishop, he called the unfettered pursuit of money “the dung of the devil”, and said poor countries should not be reduced to being providers of raw material and cheap labour for developed countries … Francis said time was running out to save the planet from perhaps irreversible harm to the ecosystem. (Unbridled capitalism is the ‘dung of the devil’, says Pope Francis)

Holy or not, no man is infallible, and no pontiff is guaranteed to be acting in accordance with God’s will.  Take Pius XII, for example:

Pope Pius XII’s actions during the Holocaust remain controversial. For much of the war, he maintained a public front of indifference and remained silent while German atrocities were committed. He refused pleas for help on the grounds of neutrality, while making statements condemning injustices in general … One reason for this position was that the staunchly anti-communist Pope felt he could not denounce the Nazis without including the Communists; therefore, Pius XII would only condemn general atrocities.

Or the rather inappropriately named Innocent IV:

On May 15, 1252, Pope Innocent IV issued a papal bull entitled Ad extirpanda, which authorized the use of torture by inquisitors … torture could be performed only once. However, it was common practice to consider a second torture session to be a “continuation” of the first … The unrepentant and apostates could be “relaxed” to secular authority, however, opening the convicted to the possibility of various corporal punishments, up to and including being burned at the stake (Wikipedia)

The current pope’s concern for the poor is fitting and noble. His solution to the problem of poverty — a redistribution of wealth by government — is not:

The chief challenge of social justice, in [Francis’] view, is therefore to provide for the poor, which in practice means taking from the rich to do so. Government has the ultimate obligation to compel this redistribution of wealth through taxation, confiscation, or prosecution.  It is this advocacy in papal thinking for the primacy of the government to control human affairs which leads Socialists and many other leftists to claim papal endorsement. (Why the pope sounds like a Socialist)

The Bible says much regarding charity for the poor; in no place does it recommend the theft of private property by the authorities in order to provide it.

“…nor did we eat anyone’s bread without paying for it, but with labor and hardship we kept working night and day so that we would not be a burden to any of you.” — 2 Thessalonians 3:8

There has never been such a thing as a successful socialist state.  Human nature being what it is, there never will be. Even the communists in China have come to realize that.  Pray that Pope Francis will one day realize it as well.

UPDATE: Pope thanks Fidel Castro for: “his contributions to world peace in a world saturated with hate and aggression”  

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About Bob Mack

Retired since 2003. Military Service: U.S. Army, 36th Artillery Group, Babenhausen, Germany 1966-67; 1st Signal Brigade, Republic of Vietnam, 1967-68 Attended University of Miami, 1969-73
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6 Responses to Papal Bull(s**t)

  1. Pingback: Bob Mack: Papal Bull(s**t) | Grumpy Opinions

  2. joyiris says:

    The graphic says it all!

  3. Pingback: Pope Francis, Fidel, Argentina: Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens |

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