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.