Pope Francis

Wow. This new Pope is something else. Now he’s calling out the military-industrial complex. And I agree with him totally when he says that “duplicity is the currency of today … they say one thing and do another.”

I had a discussion with a friend last night, an environmental activist, about the Pope’s encyclical. He told me that, about a year ago, a Catholic bishop, who had been in attendance at one of his presentations, came up to him afterwards and hinted that my friend was going to like very much what Pope Francis was going to say in the future. That was all he was permitted to say about the matter. So, it seems there was some pretty careful preparation and wide consultation well in advance of the publication of Laudato Si.

Unfortunately, perhaps, the same bishop hinted ominously that, after Francis made those views known, he wouldn’t last a year in the papacy. What he meant by that wasn’t entirely clear, but he could mean that the forces of reaction inside and outside the Church would ally to see to it that this Pope, in one way or another, would be neutralised.

That seems to be the case. Some recent articles in the press on the Pope’s tenure in the Vatican have suggested that there are some powerful groups, inside and outside the Church (including the “Money Interest”) that are very unhappy with Francis and his papacy and may conspire to silence him — if not martyr him — and replace him with a more pliant successor.

Dark intrigues and back-room conspiracies like that are nothing new in the history of the papal office, of course. But in these times such manoeuvres could have quite unpredictable consequences.

This Pope needs to be preserved in the office in order to complete his important and timely mission. He will need some Guardian Angels. You’re it.

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2 responses to “Pope Francis”

  1. LittleBigMan says :

    That article is one of the shortest but most beautiful and meaningful news articles I have ever read on the Guardian and anywhere else for that matter.

    I mean most ordinary men and women and some well-known ones (Noam Chomsky, Naomi Klein) have voiced those or similar concerns for decades, and perhaps even using a harsher tone, too. But for a Pope to pick up the mantle in such straightforward and direct manner, without beating around the bush, is very rare, if not unheard of, in my lifetime.

    You know, to tell you the truth, as soon as I read these two following excerpts, a spontaneous thought occurred in my mind that said: ‘they’re going to assassinate him.’

    “People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.”

    “”It makes me think of … people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons.”

    Heaven forbid, of course, that any harm may come to a Pope that has such a brave and loving spirit. But I do share concerns raised by your friend who had met with the Bishop. At the same time, I sincerely believe that if those with dark souls, which our world is filled with, conspire to and succeed in harming Pope Francis, the blowback effect of such an event is going to shake the foundations of status quo worldwide, if not destroy it.

    • LittleBigMan says :

      I love the fact that Pope Francis also mentioned those who “invest in weapons industries,” and not just those corporations that manufacture weapons.

      This is exactly my problem with my colleagues, who have democratic views and ideals, but invest heavily and without shame in anything that can bring them some profit, without considering even for a few seconds what harm their investments may bring to the natural or human habitat around the world. Very hypocritical, indeed.

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