I always like it when Pope Francis departs from his prepared texts because it is then that we get true insight into the man. Such insight was gained this week:
Breaking away from his prepared remarks, the Pope said told the ecumenical group that he is appalled by “the contradiction of those who want to defend Christianity in the West, and, on the other hand, are against refugees and other religions.” He also spoke of his distaste for proselytism.
“It’s not right to convince someone of your faith,” the Pope said. “Proselytism is the strongest venom against the path of ecumenism.”
The visiting German group was composed of Catholics and Lutherans, making a pilgrimage together to visit the Pope. In his prepared remarks the Holy Father described their visit as “a beautiful initative,” and remarked that Lutherans and Catholics “are journeying together on the way from conflict to communion.”
What really gets the Pope’s juices going is the thought of Catholics who wish to convert the world to Catholicism and Catholics who believe that dumping millions of muslims into Western nations is idiocy. In short, the Pope hates Catholics as that term was understood prior to the onset of his kidney stone of a Papacy. He is leader of the Faith, God help us, but he will never be a Pope (father) to us.