Pope Francis and Those Terrible Americans Over There


Dave Griffey at Daffey Thoughts nails it:

So he really said it.  I started to post on this when I saw the first story, but then I thought charity demands I wait to verify.  After all, something so arrogant and divisive and Pharisaical as this should be verified before commenting.

Well, the secular press is loving it,  left leaning pro-life Catholics are ecstatic, and I’ve seen nobody invoke the Francis-Era “it’s a problem with the translation!’ qualifier.  Nope.  It seems he said it, and the majority of people, Christian or otherwise, are thrilled.  That’s because they assume he means ‘those American Christians over there.’  Or if you’re not American, you’re off the hook altogether.

But this is par for the course for Pope Francis. There are three basic themes of the pope’s entire ministry: The political and social theories of the Marxist Left are where we need to look to fix the world’s problems; one’s relationship to Christ is only incidental to the righteousness gained by cleaving unto the aforesaid political and social theories of the Marxist Left: and we have seen the enemy, and it’s those traditionalist Christians, mostly in the Western Democracies, clinging to their Truth and their rigidness.

Never one to drop the first person plural, Pope Francis has told the world that their contempt for the Gospel is understood, because of those believers over there. As far as I know, he has never spent much time including himself in that category.  Naturally, his devoted followers are more than happy to cheer and rejoice with the knowledge that Pope Francis obviously does not mean them. Apart from a few hardcore fundamentalists I knew back in my ministry days, he’s the only major Christian leader in my time who has made dividing the flock between us awesome sheep and those rotten goats a crux of his ministry.

Perhaps it might be time for the pope to peruse the Gospel of Luke, maybe even chapter 18.  As much as the World loves how he seems to be twisting and turning the Gospel to fit its secular culture of death designs, and how it bestows much praise and adoration on him, it might be worth thinking twice before standing up in front of the microphones again and saying that it’s a great thing to know God did’t make him like them believers over there.

Here, let me help:

Also Jesus spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, ‘God, I thank You that I am not like other men—extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’ And the tax collector, standing afar off, would not so much as raise his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me a sinner!’ I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”   Luke 18.9-14

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  1. Unlike John Paul and Benedict, I’m not seeing any evidence the Pope has had any critical engagement with Marxism or any other sort of social theory. As far as I can tell, he’s a purveyor of an inchoate politics of resentment a la Evita Peron. Back in the day, a Costa Rican journalist offered that the Latin American chatterati was chock-a-block with people who wrote as if the public life of their respective countries would be an orderly and impressive piece of work if those overbearing gringos hadn’t ruined it, an attitude that’s chuckle-worthy for anyone cursorily familiar with Latin America’s pre-20th c history. With scant doubt, Francis is a downmarket adherent to this view (as was large swaths of our own chatterati at the time said Costa Rican journalist was writing). One isn’t doing any favors to Latin Americans by pretending this viewpoint is valid or even reasonable.

  2. “To date, the Vatican hasn’t released a promised report into the scandal.” Time magazine article.

    Promises made..promises broken.
    Heckuva job indeed.

  3. Strange that his “Who am I to judge” public moral compass seems to be malfunctioning when it comes to America, but not to so many things we were taught were wrong. Perhaps he is being misquoted?

  4. When was the last time I gave to Peter’s Pence? Aged, bloated bitter old man; wasn’t there something in the Bible about old wine skins Francis? As for his faggy, bootlickers (probably a fetish for them) do the they really think this bothers us?Anybody quitting the field because of his insults? He’s been doing this for years, keep bringing them, your holiness, they feed me. Your followers are contracepting or buggering their way to extinction, while the churches will be filled with my children and grandchildren. Chew on that while you continue to slide into senility.

  5. Art Deco, academia in the US promotes the same idea. I took history of Latin America in college expecting to learn something about Latin American history. Instead, I learned all about supposed United States and corporate imperialism, and how it ruined everything and kept everyone in poverty.

  6. I don’t know if Pope Francis is according to Hoyle Marxist. I’ve heard him called that, Liberation Theology (my favorite), communist, socialist and just about anything else other than traditionalist. Smarter minds than mind can parse the terms and figure it out. What I notice is that the overwhelming majority of people – left or right, in or out of the Faith – believe that whatever motivates or inspires Pope Francis, it is not the traditional Christian Faith. Only a small segment of mostly progressive or left leaning Catholics insist he is merely an obedient servant in complete step with the historical confessions of the Church. It is mostly those who cheer the loudest when Pope Francis does one of his ‘the problem is those believers over there’ digs. Something that a leader of his caliber should not be doing.

  7. To add to what the article says, the interesting thing about the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector is that many modern sinners have the life of the tax collector, and the pride and arrogance of the Pharisee, accusing the people who are really trying to live a righteous life of being rigid and stuck on the truth.
    The arrogant sinners can be very boastful about their way of life and can be very evangelistic in their self justification (see the alphabet soup of alternative lifestyles pressure groups).
    To me the greatest evangelist in the Bible was the serpent in the Garden of Eden. 100% conversion of Adam and Eve to Original Sin. Adam remained silent when Eve was being put to the test by the serpent. In modernist terms who was Adam to judge? The modernist church pretty much lives and breathes Original Sin, and are the devoted followers of the forbidden fruit diet.

  8. Keep it up, Jorge. You prove what I believed about you since Day One every time you open your mouth.

    My prayers for him is that he soon departs from his role as Pontiff. Six and a half years is all it took to make the Top 5 list of worst popes.

  9. Instead, I learned all about supposed United States and corporate imperialism, and how it ruined everything and kept everyone in poverty.

    I think there were some serious students of economic sociology (e.g. Christopher Chase-Dunn) working on that programme, but for the most part what used to be called ‘dependency theory’ seemed like an effort by the Latin American intelligentsia and their co-conspirators up north to stick the bill for Latin America’s failures with the Yanqui. See Alejandro Portes flurry of evasion when a pair of quantitatively oriented political scientists published some statistical analyses of models derived from the contentions of dependency theorists. (N.B. the Marxist geographer David Harvey had for 50 years refused to publish any statistical analyses).

  10. “Instead, I learned all about supposed United States and corporate imperialism, and how it ruined everything and kept everyone in poverty.” And, yet, Marquez’s tale of Erendira and her abuela was a tale, not of yanquis, but of homegrown colonial corruption and greed.

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