PopeWatch: Shipwreck Policy

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The Pope is concerned about illegal aliens drowning:


Pope Francis is calling on the international community to act swiftly to protect the safety of migrants following a sharp increase in drownings across the Mediterranean.

Speaking during his Sunday Angelus address in St Peter’s Square yesterday, the Pope talked about the “dramatic reports of shipwrecks of boats laden with migrants” and talked about his “pain” after hearing the news while assuring the victims of his prayers.

“I address a heartfelt appeal for the international community to act decisively and promptly, in order to prevent such tragedies from repeating themselves, and to guaranteeing security, respect for the rights and dignity of all,” Francis told a crowd of 25,000 pilgrims.

Last Wednesday 30 migrants died when a boat carrying 150 sank close to the coast of northern Cyprus, while charities have reported that the numbers of deaths in the Mediterranean reaching 600 in the period from the middle of June to the middle of July.

The increase in drownings, according French aid organisation Médicins Sans Frontières, has been fuelled by the decision of the new Italian government to prevent migrant rescue boats from docking in the country’s ports.

For Francis, the care of migrants has been a core concern of his papacy and after hearing news of migrant drownings of the coast of southern Italy in 2013 he chose the island of Lampedusa, a major arrival point for refugees from North Africa, as the place of his first papal visit outside of Rome.

But his defence of refugees stands in contrast to Matteo Salvini, Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior, who has taken a tough anti-migrant line and who polls show is growing in popularity.


Go here to read the rest.  Does anyone think that the Pope has drawn any connection between his “Y’all Come!” policy for illegal aliens from Africa and the Middle East and the increase in the number of illegal aliens drowning at sea.  PopeWatch suspects that the Pope does not spend a second pondering the negative consequences arising from any policy he supports.

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  1. To answer your rhetorical question, of course not. The Pope is who Jesus referred to when he said, “He who is without sin cast the first stone.” The Pope has cast a lot of stones.

  2. When will that man realize that the church he supposedly oversees is “drowning” in filth and has absolutely no moral authority to speak on any social or moral issue thanks to the likes of the “socially aware” bishops of the past 50+ years.

  3. Well, no. One thing the last five years has made clear is that the Pope is intellectually deficient.

    The dithering and double-dealing of Eurotrash governments has been absolutely dismaying. Why haven’t armed enclaves been constructed on the Syrian and Libyan coast to house refugee camps? They don’t seem to be able to undertake any collective action unless it’s organized in Washington and the principal government in Europe (the Hag Chancellor) has been a fountainhead of destructive stupidity.

  4. If you cared about the people you would stop the boats. Then there would be no drownings. Enter via the correct legal channels because that is the safest way. That’s called social justice.

  5. The founding false premise of the Liberation Theology of Anti-pope Fallacious is that “the poor” are intrinsically innocent of any and all moral culpability of their economic circumstances. In fact, they are intrinsically innocent of any and all sins.

  6. It’s like saying we have to do something about all these people breaking through thin ice, when you’ve made it abundantly clear you have no intention of putting up ‘Stay Off of Thin Ice” signs.

  7. Where are the pope’s comments about the owners who transport the migrants?
    That’s a lucrative business and the owner’s know full well they are overloading their unseaworthy boats. Do they care about the migrants? No. Because they have the fares so they don’t care if the boats and human cargo/passengers make landfall. This reminds me of the slave traders.

  8. Why hasn’t the UN publicly asked the N. African and Levant countries to stop the migration? Maybe it sees these migrants’ deaths as a form of population control which the UN is so fond of sponsoring.

  9. Given the…traditions… of the areas sending migrants over, are they getting the death count from actual bodies, or from what the guys running the boats say?

    Because if it’s the latter, the old story of the lost Army pallet that fell into the ocean with thirty-some pallets worth of gear on it (and all the paperwork to reflect this) should be kept in mind.

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