As a Catholic, I find Pope Francis’s politics misguided but you decide. I won’t give up God because organized religion gets it wrong. The Pope lives in leftist lala land. I love the Pope but his politics are wrong.
The pope was speaking at a ceremony in the Vatican’s frescoed Sala Regia to award him the Charlemagne Prize, conferred annually by the German city of Aachen to those who have contributed most to the ideals of post-war Europe, ideals which aren’t very realistic.
Pope Francis on Friday lamented a Europe he said had grown “weary” and “entrenched”, and urged the continent not to see migrants as criminals.
“What has happened to you, the Europe of humanism, the champion of human rights, democracy and freedom? What has happened to you, Europe, the home of poets, philosophers, artists, musicians, and men and women of letters?” he asked.
“What has happened to you, Europe, the mother of peoples and nations, the mother of great men and women who upheld, and even sacrificed their lives for, the dignity of their brothers and sisters?”
Francis called Europe “weary, yet still rich in energies and possibilities” and said it was “increasingly entrenched, rather than open to initiating new social processes capable of engaging all individuals and groups in the search for new and productive solutions to current problems.”
The Argentine, the first non-European pope in 1,300 years, said desire for European unity “seems to be fading” and that “those who consider putting up fences” were betraying the dream of the founders of a modern Europe.
“I dream of a Europe that cares for children, that offers fraternal help to the poor and those newcomers seeking acceptance because they have lost everything and need shelter … I dream of a Europe where being a migrant is not a crime,” he said.
Pope Francis wants to join all people into one and thinks he can do it by drawing moral equivalence between ISIS running around beheading Infidels and Matthew preaching the gospel 2,000 years ago. He’s been infected with the disease of leftism.
In an interview with France’s La Croix, he said,
“I don’t think that there is a fear of Islam as such but of ISIS and its war of conquest, which is partly drawn from Islam. It is true that the idea of conquest is inherent in the should of Islam. However, it is also possible to interpret the objective in Matthew’s gospel, where Jesus sends his disciples to all nations, in terms of the same idea of conquest.
Ultimately, co-exitence between Christians and Muslims is still possible. I come from a country where ether co-habit on good terms. Muslims come to venerate the Virgin Mary and St. George. Similarly, they tell me that for the jubilee year Muslims in one African country formed a long queue at the cathedral to enter through the holy door and pray to the virgin Mary. In central Africa, before the war, Christians and Muslims to live together and must learn to do so agin. Lebanon also shows that this is possible.”
Maybe Lebanon isn’t such a good example since the terrorists are killing off the Christians wherever possible.
Pope Francis is representative of the dangers inherent in a religion and politics merger.
He means well but that’s how the road to Hell is paved. Sorry, but I’m not of the school that Jesus Christ was a Socialist or a Communist. He was apolitical. Wanting to give from the heart isn’t redistribution, preaching isn’t beheading, and living as one doesn’t mean we live defenseless without borders. Maybe it’s true of heaven, not of earth.