Who didn’t see this coming: The Catholic Church elects a Pope that is not only everything one expects a Pope to be, but appeals to a wide range of people, and the Right’s phony Christians’ heads are exploding. Here are a few of the headlines:
This guy describes Pope Francis as:
“… an Argentinean radical whose elevation to the papacy represented the triumph of radical Leftism in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy. Francis’ radicalism, as well as his corresponding anti-Christianity, were on open display this past week during his visit to the United States, during which he addressed Congress, “preached” at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and participated in a fake, socially engineered “spontaneous” photo op with a child of illegal immigrants that could be used to browbeat Americans for seeking to defend our own borders.”
These yahoos see “radical leftists” wherever compassion, empathy, or humanity rear their ugly heads. In the past, Phony Right Wing Christians have viewed the Pope as their religious battering ram. Pope Francis it seems, is not about to be a foil for their mangling of religion.
There are some factors that seem to indicate Pope Francis could well be the False Prophet while others would argue against it.
Pope Francis is a strong proponent of “social justice”, which is simply a politically correct term for socialism.
Pope Francis’ lifestyle of humility and simplicity is causing him to become very popular very quickly.
Pope Francis is the first Jesuit pope ever.
“The Society of Jesus (Latin: Societas Iesu, S.J., SJ or SI) is a male religious congregation of the Catholic Church. The members are called Jesuits. The society is engaged in evangelization and apostolic ministry in 112 nations on six continents. Jesuits work in education (founding schools, colleges, universities and seminaries), intellectual research, and cultural pursuits. Jesuits also give retreats, minister in hospitals and parishes, and promote social justice and ecumenical dialogue.”
Wow, put the nail in the coffin, this guy must be the devil himself, caring about the poor, rejecting the gilded palatial Pope life, and -YIKES!- riding in a Fiat. And you just know that word intellectual is scaring the bejeezus out of them.
Matt Lewis at the Daily Caller (I know, it’s a rag, but it’s a conservative rag), whether intentionally or not, made my point for me (emphases are mine):
… if this is a harbinger of things to come, it could be the end of an alliance that has lasted for more than three decades. Disagreements over theology and spiritual matters aside, conservatives of all faiths loved Pope John Paul II (even when he opposed the Iraq war), and should be rooting for Francis, too…
But there is a worry that Francis is now returning to a sort of pre-John Paul II, “Vatican II” brand of Catholicism which stressed non-judgmentalism.
Oh say it ain’t so! What will they do if they can’t be all judgmental and shit? This gem is perhaps the most entertaining, though:
That headline comes from no other than Red State, the one run by Erick Erickson, Bogus Christian extraordinaire, who famously referred to a Supreme Court Justice as a “goat-fucking child molester”. Who wouldn’t flock to his website to get a “real” Christian’s perspective? The writer (not Erickson), who probably shares some DNA with George Will, writes (Put your waders on):
If The Catholic Church chooses to reduce itself to being just another boring Left-wing interest group that shills for the collective immiseration of mind, body and spirit that Marxism typically entails, then it needs and deserves condign replacement as a legitimate moral authority. This is quite the radical proclamation, but only when viewed through the lens of credulous, rather than skeptical faith.
There was no problem when previous Popes “shilled” for the Right. (FYI: You dont have to use every brand-spankin’ new word you’ve learned in one post.) You can read this guy’s drivel if you want, but the short version is: Pope bad, unfettered greed and capitalism good.
These folks don’t scream about things like Mafia Dons being allowed Catholic funerals, or the church annulling Newt Gingrich’s 20 year second marriage so he could marry his mistress. No, they get all up in arms about the love thy neighbor stuff. I think some intense Bible study is in order for these “Christians”. In the meantime, I’m pretty sure the Pope will be just fine without their blessings.