Lie down with dogs and get up with fleas was the reaction of PopeWatch to Bolivian President Evo Morales, Hugo Chavez wannabe, giving to the Pope a hammer and sickle upon which Christ is crucified:
His comments were largely drowned out by a flurry of camera clicks, prompting a flood of speculation. While some have claimed he expressed irritation, muttering the words “eso no está bien” (“this is not right”), Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said the pope was more likely to have uttered “eso no sabía bien” (“I didn’t know that”) in bemusement at the origins of the present.
Go here to read the rest. I doubt if the Pope was really discomfited by Christ on the Hammer and Sickle. After all, when he got to Bolivia he prayed at the death site of a murdered priest who kept by his bed a photo of the crucified Christ affixed to a hammer and sickle. Go here to read about it. Additionally, Morales gave the Pope a pectoral cross with the same image of Christ crucified on the hammer and sickle. Some Catholic commenters are alleging that Pope Francis was outraged by all this, but PopeWatch believes that this is mere wishful thinking.
In a way Christ crucified on a hammer and sickle is appropriate, since the Communists in the last century murdered tens of millions of Christian martyrs. Of course Evo Morales, Communist groupie, and a man who prior to the election of Pope Francis said that Bolivia needed to get rid of Catholicism and return to native religions, did not intend this to be a commemoration of Christian dead, but rather a celebration that the extreme left now has a Pope of their own. Pope Francis has done little to combat such a perception, ever excuse making Catholic bloggers notwithstanding.