“An insight into just how tightly controlled the culture is was provided last summer by a former Holy See ambassador, Archbishop Carlo Vigano, who traced the culture all the way back to the Vatican. He cited McCarrick’s misconduct and linked Francis and other Vatican senior persons in a web that covered up for him. The pope has yet to respond to questions raised by Archbishop Vigano. The pressure on the Vatican and the pope is mounting.”
(Emmett Tyrrell – Townhall) Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the Catholic Church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things, or at least many of the right things. He traveled the world. Now it is increasingly obvious that he means none of it.
Pope Francis comes from Argentina. Yet the more I see of him, the more he looks and sounds like a fat alderman from Chicago. He is slippery and evasive, and I think we all know where he is going to go. He is heading to the comfortable left, ever to the left. What he really thinks about anything I cannot say, but look at the issues that he claims move him.
Climate change — there is a political winner. Just go along with polite opinion. What is the pope’s expertise for talking about climate change? He keeps an eye on the thermostat in his comfortable room in the Vatican. At any rate, he will never have to pay for the cost of climate change. If it is a flop, who cares? By the time the bills come due, the pope will have vamoosed to celestial parts. Also, the poor; he speaks with great eloquence on the plight of the poor. But then so does a Chicago alderman or a New York City councilman. The standard-issue American progressive talks about the plight of the poor incessantly. In fact, the standard-issue progressive has been talking about the poor ever since the 1960s, and today there are about as many people living beneath the poverty line as in the 1960s. Nothing changes. And, oh, yes, the pope talks about world peace. He is for world peace. Has any pope spoken out on behalf of war? Possibly one or two from the Renaissance, but that was a long time ago. What action can Pope Francis take on behalf of world peace? How about putting a bumper sticker on his car?
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