Some see the election of then-Cardinal Bergoglio in 2013 as a seismic shift in the direction of the Church of Rome. Others argue that it was actually a marked acceleration in its existing trajectory. Regardless of who is right (hint: the others), there is a broad consensus that Pope Francis is a strong proponent of liberation theology (i.e., Marxism, but with Christian vocabulary).
In honour of his noble effort to finish what Luther started and drive the Roman Catholic Church into the realm of complete and utter irrelevancy, I present to you the top ten times he revealed his inner social justice warrior in 2017.
10 On the Jerusalem Ebassy Shift
My thoughts now go to Jerusalem. In this regard, I cannot but express my deep concern for the situation that has arisen in recent days; and, at the same time, I cannot but launch a heartfelt appeal that everyone’s effort respect the status quo of the city, in conformity with the pertinent United Nations Resolutions.
(6/12/17 – to a general audience)
He totally would have voted for the UN resolution that condemned the US. I propose that the US–Vatican embassy be immediately relocated to Timbuktu.
9. On Populism
Do you think government should listen to the people who bear the brunt of harebrained government schemes rather than the experts who propose them? If so, you are a narrow-minded egotist.
Europe finds new hope in solidarity, which is also the most effective antidote to modern forms of populism. Solidarity entails the awareness of being part of a single body, while at the same time involving a capacity on the part of each member to “sympathise” with others and with the whole… Forms of populism are instead the fruit of an egotism that hems people in and prevents them from overcoming and “looking beyond” their own narrow vision. There is a need to start thinking once again as Europeans, so as to avert the opposite dangers of a dreary uniformity or the triumph of particularisms.
(24/3/2017 – to EU leaders)
(To save you a Google search: ‘particularisms’, given the context, basically means borders and border laws.)
8. “Hear the cry of the earth”
We urgently appeal to those in positions of social and economic, as well as political and cultural, responsibility to hear the cry of the earth and to attend to the needs of the marginalised, but above all to respond to the plea of millions and support the consensus of the world for the healing of our wounded creation. We are convinced that there can be no sincere and enduring resolution to the challenge of the ecological crisis and climate change unless the response is concerted and collective, unless the responsibility is shared and accountable, unless we give priority to solidarity and service.
(1/9/17 – in a joint message with another dude in a dress)
He clearly watched Avatar a few too many times.
7. Allah is the same as Jesus
Dear brothers and sisters, I am saddened by the terrorist attacks in these recent days in Somalia, Afghanistan and yesterday in New York. In deploring these acts of violence, I pray for the dead, for the injured and their families. Let us ask the Lord to convert the hearts of terrorists and free the world from the hatred and homicidal madness that abuses the name of God to sow death.
(1/11/17 – to an unspecified mob)
It’s almost like he’s never read the Bible or the Quran. It’s almost like he thinks Christianity and Islam are the same thing.
6. On Al Gore Deniers
Regrettably, many efforts to seek concrete solutions to the environmental crisis have proved ineffective […for various reasons which] can range from denial of the problem to indifference, nonchalant resignation or blind confidence in technical solutions. We must avoid falling prey to these four perverse attitudes, which certainly do not foster honest research and sincere and productive dialogue on building the future of our planet: denial, indifference, resignation and trust in inadequate solutions.
(6-17/11/17 – in a letter to a UN climate talkathon)
5. On Borders and National Security
The principle of the centrality of the human person, firmly stated by my beloved Predecessor, Benedict XVI, obliges us to always prioritise personal safety over national security… The situation of migrants, asylum seekers and refugees requires that they be guaranteed personal safety and access to basic services. For the sake of the fundamental dignity of every human person, we must strive to find alternative solutions to detention for those who enter a country without authorisation… I hope that, in countries of arrival, migrants may be offered freedom of movement, work opportunities, and access to means of communication, out of respect for their dignity… The International Convention on the Rights of the Child provides a universal legal basis for the protection of underage migrants. They must be spared any form of detention related to migratory status, and must be guaranteed regular access to primary and secondary education. Equally, when they come of age they must be guaranteed the right to remain and to enjoy the possibility of continuing their studies… Migratory status should not limit access to national healthcare and pension plans, nor affect the transfer of their contributions if repatriated.
(15/8/17 – “for the 104th World Day of Migrants and refugees 2018”)
Migrants have dignity, but taxpayers apparently don’t, and the kids who get raped by migrant jihadists apparently don’t. Where does he get his ideas from? Because it definitely isn’t Scripture.
[Editor’s comment: National security IS a matter of personal safety. That’s kinda the point of it.]
4. On Little Rocket Man:
Pulella: President Trump sent a team of military ships to the coast of North Korea, the leader of North Korea threatened to bomb South Korea, Japan and even the United States… People are afraid… You, if you see President Trump, but also other people, what will you say to these leaders who are responsible for the future of humanity?
Pope Francis: I would call them, I call them and I will call them like I called on leaders in different positions to work on resolving problems along the path of diplomacy… The path is the path of negotiation, the path of diplomatic solutions… The issue of missiles in North Korea has been there for more than a year, now it seems that the thing has gotten too hot. I always say to resolve problems on the path of diplomacy, negotiation, because the future of humanity… today a widespread war destroys, I don’t say half of humanity, but a good part of humanity, and it’s the culture, everything. It’s terrible. I think that today humanity is not able to support it. Let’s look to these countries that are suffering an internal war, inside, where there are the fires of war, in the Middle East for example, but also in Africa, in Yemen. Let’s stop! Let’s look for a diplomatic solution! And there I believe that the United Nations has the duty to resume their leadership, because it’s been watered down a bit.
(29/4/17 – in an in-flight interview with the press pool, translated by Google Translate)
Pope Francis is LITERALLY Neville Chamberlain!
3. Forget what you read in no.4
I fear that there are very dangerous alliances between powers that have a distorted view of the world: America and Russia, China and North Korea, Putin and Assad in the war in Syria.
(8/7/17 – in an interview with a reporter)
US – North Korea diplomacy: GOOD. US – Russia diplomacy: BAD. It’s almost like everything the US does under Trump is bad by definition. Does he not realise that Russia, unlike North Korea, has nukes that work?
Also, I wonder what powers he thinks do not have a distorted view of the world? Germany or Sweden perhaps?
2. On the Basket of Deplorables
Dear friends, I cannot fail to express my concern about manifestations of intolerance, discrimination and xenophobia that have appeared in various parts of Europe. Often this reaction is motivated by mistrust and fear of the other, the foreigner, those who are different. I am even more worried about the disturbing fact that our Catholic communities in Europe are not exempt from these defensive and negative reactions, supposedly justified by a vague moral obligation to preserve an established religious and cultural identity.
(22/9/17 – to a conference of European Bishops)
A xenophobe is someone who wants to save the culture that put men on the moon from being replaced by a radical Islamic rape culture.
1. On Jihad
No people is criminal and no religion is terrorist. Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist. No people is criminal or drug-trafficking or violent. “The poor and the poorer peoples are accused of violence yet, without equal opportunities, the different forms of aggression and conflict will find a fertile terrain for growth and will eventually explode.” There are fundamentalist and violent individuals in all peoples and religions — and with intolerant generalisations they become stronger because they feed on hate and xenophobia. By confronting terror with love, we work for peace.
(10/2/2017 – from a letter to a conference in California)
See? Violence isn’t caused by human nature being inherently depraved as Scripture teaches; violence is caused by inequality of opportunity! You don’t need Jesus to save us from sin; rather, you need Marx to save us from oppression.
With a man like this occupying the papacy, perhaps now you understand a little bit better why the previous Pope said that the Church of Rome is on the verge of capsizing. There only remains one question: is Francis a useful idiot or an ideologue?