Pope Francis Does Comedy

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PopeWatch: Trolling

PopeWatch suspects the Pope is just trolling us now:   Vatican City, Feb 14, 2019 / 05:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis

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  1. Sure he doesn’t get mixed up in American politics. The fact that he announced that he was going to pray at the US/Mexico border a year ago to protest immigration policy and that a Papal mass was staged at the border to heighten “We are all one community” were purely spiritual.

  2. The idea that religion should staybout of politics is, itself, bizarre.

    Why is that even meritorious?

    I expect folks to advocate for their positions. That is what politics IS and, so, I should rather have Atheists seek to destroy religion, Muslims seek to create caliphates, Christians to seek to convert, etc., openly, than have us pretend that religious belief is so irrelevant to the polity that it has no place in the piblic forum.

    So, if the Pope wants to say “vote for…” have at it! I’ll go one farther, I would like to eliminate tax exceptions for religious entities precisely because I WANT them to speak openly and forcefully.

  3. When the Pope said a true Christian would build bridges instead of a wall he meant
    Christ would welcome everyone equally no matter what they are and if you are a
    believer in God you would also. It’s simple like that !
    The Pope needs to be political, he needs to stir hearts and minds like he has been
    doing for the good. He is only doing what Jesus would do.
    Many forget the Pope is a Head of the Sovereign State, why do you think he receives
    other Heads of States daily?

  4. “…to eliminate tax exceptions for religious entities…”

    I suspect that this is exactly why Rome was, once again, compelled to walk back what the pope clearly said….

  5. “When the Pope said a true Christian would build bridges instead of a wall he meant
    Christ would welcome everyone equally no matter what they are and if you are a
    believer in God you would also. It’s simple like that !”

    It’s simple minded like that. There is nothing in Christianity giving illegal aliens carte blanche to violate immigration laws.

  6. “He is only doing what Jesus would do.”

    “Someone in the crowd said to him, ‘Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.’
    Jesus replied, ‘Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?’” Luke 12:13-14

    I suspect Jesus, as the Gospels teach, leaves men a great measure of freedom in ordering the fallen world according to reason. This is why the Church teaches that the State has authority to establish laws for the common good. This includes setting limits on immigration by which the Church acknowledges that a country is not obliged to take everyone without consideration of other factors. From the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2241:

    “The more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood which he cannot find in his country of origin. Public authorities should see to it that the natural right is respected that places a guest under the protection of those who receive him.

    Political authorities, for the sake of the common good for which they are responsible, may make the exercise of the right to immigrate subject to various juridical conditions, especially with regard to the immigrants’ duties toward their country of adoption. Immigrants are obliged to respect with gratitude the material and spiritual heritage of the country that receives them, to obey its laws and to assist in carrying civic burdens.”

    So as you see, the Church clearly teaches that more prosperous countries are obliged only to the extent “they are able.” Not everyone nor without limit.

    Also, the state has the right to set laws and they are to be obeyed. Illegal immigration clearly is a violation of Church teaching. Part of the “…render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s” that Jesus also spoke.

    Funny how when you look at Jesus, he’s not what some make him out to be.

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