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VATICAN-POPE-AUDIENCE

The left, especially in the media, continues to misinterpret Pope Francis.  A prime example occurred yesterday.  Ed Morrissey of Hot Air gives us the details:

Pretty much every word in this Reuters piece is nonsense, including the words “the” and “and”:

Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.

The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.

“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said in a section of the speech about the rights of children around the world.

Since his election in March, the pope, while showing no signs of changing the Church’s position against abortion, has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II.

Both of those popes often delivered sermons against abortion, which the Church considers murder.

Pope Francis has been speaking out forcefully against abortion during the entirety of his pontificate. It’s just that the media isn’t terribly interested in covering it. It doesn’t fit their narrative of the “progressive Pope,” so it usually gets ignored until it comes to suggesting that a Pope teaches Catholic doctrine as some sort of bone-tossing exercise.

Pathetic.

Go here to read the rest.  The key to understanding Pope Francis is that he is a religious figure.  All of his stances on current issues are motivated by what he believes Catholicism demands.  One can disagree with the Pope on one or more of his positions, but it is the height of folly to think that the Pope is playing politics or to view the Pope through a political prism.  Of  course for many leftists their politics has become a substitute religion, so they have no other way to view the world.  They view the Pope as a political animal like themselves, because when it comes to religion they are like blind men from birth trying to describe color.

 

 

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27 Comments

  1. Michelle Malkin awarded “Most Ridiculous Headline of the Week” to Reuters’, ”Pope, in nod to conservatives, calls abortion ‘horrific.’”

    Among the major problems the Pope faces is the fact that millions of low-information, public school brainwashed savants believe the lies.

  2. “Among the major problems the Pope faces is the fact that millions of low-imformation, public school brainwashed
    savants believe the lies.”

    Then it’s up to the well educated well informed Catholic parents and students to lead the way. If we preach and stay comfortable behind the screen than we’re helping the lies to spread.
    If we’re actively involved in pro-life than we are walking the walk so to speak.

    Please support your local chapters of Right to Life & Respect Life to only mention two. Many exist.

    See you in front of PP with Holy Rosary in hand and heart.

  3. “Both of those popes often delivered sermons against abortion, which the Church considers murder.”
    With atheism denying the human soul, immortal, created and endowed at fertilization, I would rather use the word “conception”, but the obliterators are fashioning a literal change to the concept of conception, the murder, or homicide, the human sacrifice of the innocent, unborn sovereign person is lost. The human sacrifice of the innocent, unborn sovereign person who is put to death for the crimes and immorality of his parents, is Justice lost.

  4. The War against abortion, can only be fought in the trenches.

    Through counselling, talking, praying, consoling, discussing, debating, proclaiming- the dignity of both the unborn child AND its mother.

    It is no coincidence, the devil hates Our Lady so much because of Her acceptance of the Saviour Jesus Christ in her womb for the salvation of mankind, that he ferociously attacks all women by trying to deceive them into slaughtering their innocent and helpless unborn.

    It is the single biggest, THE BIGGEST tragedy of our time. This is why the pleading of the two last Popes did not reduce the number of abortions. Nor will the efforts of the current Pope. The only way, is through the continual efforts of individuals, all of us, willing to do “battle” to counteract this culture of death, in our daily life, with those around us.

  5. “..the BIGGEST tragedy of our time.”

    I believe this is true.

    A nation that partakes in the killing of it’s future inhabitants is a nation without a future. It is a Nation in Moral retreat.
    As blessed Mother Teresa would say; “…the poorest nation!” America the poorest nation on Earth. She is right as yet another child marks our landscape with a school shooting. Life Is Cheap!
    That’s what children learn from the { Rights to Kill crowd } Yes it’s a rant, but by God this IS THE ISSUE! You get this wrong and nothing we accomplish as a people matter. Guess what?
    We’ve had it wrong to the tune of 55million dead.
    Jesus forgives us and asks us not to sin agian, but many women do not ask for forgiveness. Many kill multiple times.

    America. The land of Barabbas!

  6. Philip: “..the BIGGEST tragedy of our time.”
    The biggest tragedy of our time is the removal of God from our culture, for then all hell can break lose. Mary predicted at Fatima that the devil was to be given free reign in the last half of the century.
    No mention of God in God’s public square. No mention of God in the ears of God’s children. No mention of the only sane way of life, Justice, in the Ten Commandments. The dismissal of the Person of God from our civil life. Surely only homicide, suicide, and every depravity must follow for the laws of man have been removed and the wind that ensues cannot be withstood by any creature, not man, nor beast.
    In the human soul is the will to live, as St. Thomas Aquinas said: “The soul is the form of the body”. The will to live in the human soul is the Right to Life for our constitutional posterity. Any abortionist or atheist rejecting the will to live of the human soul and the right to life of the sovereign person, forfeits his own civil rights, the civil right to free speech, free press and most of all peaceable assembly for peaceable assembly is what the child in utero is doing. “We, the people,” own the public square, Abortionists and atheists have forfeit their civil rights in the public square.

  7. Mary De Voe.

    True Mary! Removal of God. 1963 or around that year was one of the pursuits to remove God wasn’t it. Supreme Court case stopping public schools from conducting prayer time?

    Then the mad train just kept picking up momentum….increase in divorce, increase in promiscuity, increase in STD’s, increase in moral decay.
    Soon, ten years later, the right to kill.

    Your right! Removal of God.

  8. The fall.

    Now pastor charged with “homophobic language,” and what great advances await? We will be charged with crimes agonists humanity as we silently pray on the sidewalks.
    Bill Shakespeare; “whats foul fair and what’s fair now foul.” William was a visionary. Sorry to get away from subject.
    We just keep on praying, praying and praying. 🙂

  9. Philip,

    In a certain jurisdiction, you will be fined $500 if you pray or try to speak to a “patient” within 35 feet of the entrance to an abortion “clinic.” Second offense: $5,000 fine and jail time.

    I’m changing my name to Hygelac.

  10. T. Shaw.

    Grendal seems impossible to defeat in todays battles, but giving up is not our option.

    Money and Jail time?? Sign me up. I can’t help but think of the courageous priest who was handcuffed and taken off of Notre Dame property when Grendal showed his ugly head.

  11. Fr. Weslin.
    God Bless him and keep him, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
    Notre Dame criminal but Jesus Christs finest.

  12. St Mary MacKillop- Australia’s first and only Saint to date said:

    “Do your best, and God will Bless your efforts”.

    Justice will not prevail here on earth (does it prevail on your own life? It doesn’t in my life.)

    But God sees all, and will not be fooled- and Justice will prevail when we stand before Him. We will all stand before Him whether we beleive in Him, denounce Him, insult Him, or love Him. All are equally judged.

    So don’t throw your hands up in the air, despondent. Keep going. God sees all! This always gives me hope.

  13. Did anybody think it’s important to pay attention to the Pope’s lament about the “throw-away” mentality that’s driving so many women and girls into giving their children over to abortion clinics . . . and it was a lament that didn’t rest largely on other much stronger pleas for legislative action that often get aborted in one series of countless committee hearings after another, not to mention follow up legal challenges, etc, etc.
    Believe it or not folks, with lots of prayer, non-hostile (i.e., no inflammatory, judgmental name calling and shouting sessions) persuasion, we can change a lot more hearts and get the kind of results we want a lot faster. I put prayer first, because if we don’t seek the Holy Spirit’s guidance and strength first, what does that say about our faith. He alone can bring us closer to the frame of mind and heart to eliminate the scourge of abortion. But I don’t think it’s just abortion we have to concern ourselves with here. What are we saying when we have organizations urging the public to vote for X because he/she is “prolife” even though there’s reams of evidence that candidate has voted to slash prenatal nutrition programs, pre-school education programs and so forth. We’ve seen what’s happened to SNAP recently, and even nutrition programs for our elderly at the hands of some self-proclaimed “prolife” pols in Congress.
    What kind of message is that? And worse yet, why do we allow people to get away with it time after time. Just because Mr. or Ms. Politician casts that one single vote dealing with abortion, in contrast to others dealing with quality of life matters where they can show their consistent mettle. (Same goes for liberals who vote for pro-abortion laws, whilst boasting a consistent liberal record on nutrition, etc. bills.)
    We have to remind our legislative representatives that when it comes to the quintessential issue of our times, they can’t have it both ways and call themselves prolife. It’s just a shame that those who boast the loudest about their prolife bonafides, often have the lousiest overall records to defend. Hate to say it, but many years ago before he was elected to the House, former MA Rep Barney Frank observed that a lot of prolifers stop showing their concern once the babies are born.
    I’ll bet Pope Francis wouldn’t find much to disagree with Frank’s quip.
    Nobody in this fight is “expendable.” And everybody, and I mean everybody, “sinners n’ saints alike,” deserves to be seen as truly equal, precious, and valuable, just as God sees them.

  14. “…former MA Rep Barney Frank observed that a lot of prolifers stop showing their concern once the babies are born. I’ll bet Pope Francis wouldn’t find much to disagree with Frank’s quip.”
    “I am not one to judge, but how does Frank know anything about prolifers, babies or Pope Francis?
    Maybe Frank has photos of me not going to the Pregnancy Center, the Outreach, the Men’s Shelter, the Community Kitchen, the Rotating Shelter or Mary Randall House. Even my mother does not know, so, how does Frank?

  15. “Mr. or Ms. Politician casts that one single vote dealing with abortion, in contrast to others dealing with quality of life matters where they can show their consistent mettle.”
    Obama voted four times to let babies who had been born alive (and became citizens at birth) to be denied medical care and to be shut up in a cold broom closet and be neglected to death. quality of life?

  16. Idi Amin.

    This beautiful leader was also very “two faced” when it came to quality of life.
    I dare say he and Obama are equals.
    Actually Amin had more moxie.
    He didn’t try to hide behind
    his atrocities.
    Obama uses women’s right and health to hide behind his bloodthirsty hatred to the unborn.

    Yes. Obama & Amin. Bloodbrothers.

  17. insert apology here —-

    Obviously I haven’t prayed enough for “our” president. My apology to all.

    There are tens of thousands of good honest right to life folks like Mary De Voe. Walking the walk. Spending time and treasures to assist the young girls that DO listen to the efforts of sidewalk counselors and do allow their babies to be born. Good Counsel Homes are supported by pro life people. Visit one and hear the girls story. Your life will change.

    I apologize for my contempt agonist a political class that FORCES HHS mandates on good Christian folk doing their best to assist the poor in spirit as well as the poor in general.

    I have a long way to go in controlling my hatred toward so-called leaders of Free people that find it okay to allow babies to die once born. Can you imagine?

    I realize there are many cruel injustices going on outside of this one issue, but God help us if we can’t help the helpless. God help us protect the life of these innocents.

  18. Mary, you brought up a good point, and I fully applaud your volunteer activities. Frank never disguised himself as a member of any organized “pro-life” movement; whether he was serving in the MA House, or the US House. He was commenting at the time about the MA House reps, many of them Democrats, who could be very stingy with funding programs necessary for helping poor moms obtain any food and nutrient assistance programs for their future unborn as well as whatever they’d need when the babies were born, because he knew what a rough road both moms n’ babies were in for without that assistance. Let’s give the guy some credit for calling out the cheapskates in the national House and state houses across the nation who run on and boast of their “pro-life” bona fides … some of whose are spun n’ packaged to the nth degree possible. How on earth can any serious Christian and pro-life voter (of any religious denomination) cast any vote for the likes of TN’s two Republican Congressmen, Fincher and Desjarlais; much less take any national prolife organization seriously for its endorsement of these two men? Mary, you mentioned working for your local “Community Kitchen.” I’m (of course) not at liberty to presume where and how your organization receives its funding. But for the sake of argument, don’t you feel at least a bit burned upon learning that Fincher’s been flagrantly, shamelessly and worse yet, santimoniously defending his taking advantage of his seat on the House AgCmte … legally pocketing taxpayer funds for his purposes as he smugly defends kicking our poor in the teeth. ( Forbes, 5/22/13). Thankfully I haven’t noticed any support for the likes of the other TN GOP congressman who literally has the blood of abortion on his hands, far more so than both Obama and Frank combined.
    Talk about a guy with a “throw away mentality.” When professedly prolife political organizations ask for your money folks, make sure you know in advance if they’re truly prolife, or just partisan pandhandlers so you won’t throw your money away to these wolves working against our, the Pope’s and God’s fondest desires to make abortion a nightmare from (nowadays at least) a far too non-distant past.

  19. “Frank never disguised himself as a member of any organized “pro-life” movement; whether he was serving in the MA House, or the US House. He was commenting at the time about the MA House reps, many of them Democrats, who could be very stingy with funding programs necessary for helping poor moms obtain any food and nutrient assistance programs for their future unborn as well as whatever they’d need when the babies were born, because he knew what a rough road both moms n’ babies were in for without that assistance. Let’s give the guy some credit for calling out the cheapskates in the national House and state houses across the nation who run on and boast of their “pro-life” bona fides”

    How much money and support did Franks give, or was Franks like Judas who helped himself to the purse without any care for the poor?

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