Most of Pope Francis’s speech Saturday spoke of tolerance, peace and “respect for the dignity and rights of others”
He began with a review of our history and a quote from the Declaration of Independence, which he said needs to be restated as a reminder. Speaking about our “lofty principles” in social and political life, he said we must be true to our founding principles.
“We remember the great struggles which led to the abolition of slavery, the extension of voting rights, the growth of the labor movement, and the gradual effort to eliminate every kind of racism and prejudice directed at successive waves of new Americans,” he said. “This shows that, when a country is determined to remain true to its founding principles, based on respect for human dignity, it is strengthened and renewed.”
New Americans, however, are primarily illegal immigrants and his comments will encourage the left in their belief that there is no difference between illegal and legal immigrants.
He told them to “not be ashamed” and appears to be promoting illegal immigration.
Remembrance (of our founding principles) will save our souls the Pope said.
There wasn’t any problem with illegal immigration when our nation was founded, however.
Pope Francis addressed Hispanic immigrants specifically and referred to “recent” immigrants as he sympathized with the “sacrifices” they made to get to the United States.
Unfortunately, this plays into the liberal theme that any criticism of illegal immigration is equivalent to anti-immigrant rhetoric, through no fault of the Pope’s.
The Pope referred to accepting “the Other” (the outsider, the radically different), spoke on behalf or religious freedom, and globalization which he supports as long as individuals exist within the global sphere.
Climate change, anti-Capitalism, globalization, income inequality, social justice, acceptance of illegal immigration, and all of his other left-wing ideas now have the legitimacy of morality as they exist in theoretical Utopianism.
His support for so many of the ideals of the left without repudiation of so many bad ones allows the left to continue infanticide and their ridicule of traditional morality. It promotes Socialist economics and the climate weirdness of Al Gore.
Coincidentally, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission issued a hatchet job report on U.S. detention policies in time for the Pope’s visit. It’s clearly a planned and unsubstantiated assault “masquerading as a report”, The Center for Immigration Studies wrote.
Commissioner Peter Kirsanow submitted a dissenting statement. One paragraph stated:
“Like mold on food left in the refrigerator for too long, the report has spread into an attack on the enforcement of the country’s immigration laws, and perhaps on their very existence. Much of the report is at least intellectually dishonest, other parts simply dishonest. This report is outside the Commission’s jurisdiction and therefore most of this report is illegitimate.”
The Pope has no idea that prosperity has been brought about by Capitalism, individualism and the rule of law. Income inequality is greatly improved under Capitalism, more so than any other economic system.
Our world is not a “pile of filth” as he put it and it is getting better all the time in nations that embrace Capitalism and it was getting better before the extremism set in.
The world is growing richer under Capitalism because of property rights, open political systems, market competition and the rule of law. Under Capitalism, it is much harder for the chosen elite to exploit ordinary people. Oddly, he wants to return to subsistence agriculture when the life spans for men were 40 and for women they were 33.
Pope Francis, who didn’t meet with Cuba’s dissidents and failed to mention the oppression of these people living under Communism, who barely mentioned abortion and never by name, who talked more about women’s rights than protecting “life at every stage”, is reminding us of our morality.
The way his predecessor Pope Benedict XVI was “retired” was both sudden and unexpected. There are a lot of theories about why. The alleged financial scandals and disquieting rants over pedophile priests while Pope Benedict was Pontiff have instantly disappeared. People question why?
A Catholic journalist by the name of Edward Pentin secured a copy of an authorized biography of retired Belgian Cardinal Godfried Daneels.
At the launch of the book in Brussels this week, the cardinal said he was part of a secret club of cardinals opposed to Pope Benedict XVI.
He called it a “mafia” club that bore the name of St. Gallen. The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, to make it “much more modern”, and for Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio to head it.
The Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti writes (in Italian; I’ve modified the Google translation:
The election of Jorge Bergoglio was the result of secret meetings that cardinals and bishops, organized by Carlo Maria Martini, held for years in St. Gallen, Switzerland. This, according to Jürgen Mettepenningen et Karim Schelkens, authors of a newly published biography of the Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, who calls the group of cardinals and bishops a “Mafia club”.
Danneels according to the authors, worked for years to prepare for the election of Pope Francis, which took place in 2013. Danneels, moreover, in a video recorded during the presentation of the book in Brussels, admits that he was part of a secret club of cardinals who opposed Joseph Ratzinger. Laughing, he calls it “a Mafia club that bore the name of St. Gallen”.
The group wanted a drastic reform of the Church, much more modern and current, with Jorge Bergoglio, Pope Francis, as its head. They got what they wanted. Besides Danneels and Martini, the group according to the book were part of the Dutch bishop Adriaan Van Luyn, the German cardinal Walter Kasper and Karl Lehman, the Italian Cardinal Achille Silvestrini and British Basil Hume, among others.
Read more about the alleged conspiracy against Pope Benedict at the American Conservative.
TRANSCRIPT of Pope Francis’s speech at Independence Hall.