PopeWatch: Rush

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PopeWatch assumes that Rush Limbaugh is viewed as the Devil Incarnate by many Pope Francis fans, for his criticisms of the economic portions of Evangelii Gaudium, but actually Rush has a much shrewder view of the Pope than the empty praise that the Pope is currently getting from many leftists who eagerly embrace the Pope as an unexpected ally.  From the Limbaugh show yesterday:

RUSH:  Back to the pope.  You’ll note that I didn’t spend any time in the first hour on this.  I am not striving to keep this alive.  I’m not striving to make this about me.  But the Drive-Bys won’t let it go.  They can’t turn this loose.  The latest, Piers Morgan on CNN last night on Piers Morgan Live.  He had the noted author and well known conservative raconteur, Ann Coulter.  And during his conversation with Coulter, he wanted to bring up me and Il Papa, Pope Francis.  And to set it up, this is what he said.

MORGAN:  Rush Limbaugh keeps whacking away at Pope Francis, which is, you know, it’s like watching the devil incarnate taking on Mother Teresa. But tell me why the right seemed to have some big issue with a man who appears to be non-bigoted, incredibly humble, a force for good, somebody perhaps revolutionizing an anachronistic church, dragging them kicking and screaming into the real world, why would this enrage the likes of Rush Limbaugh?

RUSH:  Okay, that’s the question.  The devil incarnate.  I am the devil incarnate.  The pope is Mother Teresa.  And you’ll note, folks, look, I don’t want to be subtle about this.  It’s Christmastime.  Can I take a little credit for something here? (interruption) What, you think you know what I’m gonna say?  Here is an avowed leftist who every other day of the week despises the Catholic Church, Piers Morgan.  And he’s no different than anybody else out there on the left.  Every other day of the week, they hate the Catholic Church. They don’t like the pope because of abortion, because of gays, gay marriage, because of no women priests, because of AIDS, you name it. They do not like the Catholic Church at all, except now since I, the devil incarnate, have entered the fray. These people that hate the Catholic Church are now its biggest advocates. 

Is that not amazing?  Is that not a wonder to behold?  I don’t care that he calls me the devil incarnate.  He’s speaking out positively about Christianity now.  He doesn’t know it.  He thinks the pope is modernizing the church in the way the left thinks it should be. See, to the left, a religion is nothing but a malleable, bendable, shapable, flakable, formable thing.  And like anything else, it ought to accommodate whatever the will of the people is at that moment.  So if the people are for abortion, the church ought to be, ’cause the church ought to relate to the people.  It’s a total lack of understanding of what a religion is, what a church is. 

For him to call the church anachronistic shows he has no understanding of religion whatsoever.  The church, Catholic Church, whatever church, is what it is.  And if you don’t like it, it’s your role to get out, not change it.  Christianity is Christianity.  The various denominations are what they are.  If you don’t like it, you move on.  It’s not up to the church to modernize. It’s not up to the church to be dragged kicking and screaming into the real world.  Yet that’s what he thinks Pope Francis is doing, and it’s not what Pope Francis doing. 

Pope Francis is as rock rigid anti-abortion as any pope ever has been.  The same thing on gay marriage, female priests, and all of this.  But I still think, folks, that it is a wondrous thing that because of little old me, the devil incarnate, leftists who would otherwise and do otherwise revile the Catholic Church are now singing its praises.  It is a beautiful thing.  But that whole sound bite is proof that Piers Morgan, incompetence incarnate, hasn’t the slightest idea, slightest understanding of religion.  Religion is timeless. 

Go here to read the rest.  History may judge Pope Francis to be a good, bad or mediocre pope, it is far too early to tell.  However, the best historians will always recall that he is a religious, and not a political, figure.  Leftists, many of whom have embraced politics as a substitute religion, judge Francis purely by their political calculus.  Limbaugh does not make that mistake.  With all his flaws, he understands the difference between politics, always an ephemeral concern, and religion, where Man attempts to touch the timeless and the infinite.

 

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12 Responses to PopeWatch: Rush

  • Heh, well put by Rush. It sort of reminds me of that old joke about the Preacher and Taxi Cab driver getting their houses in heaven. When it comes to evangelizing Francis could be the carrot, and Rush is the stick.

    Actually I’m surprised Shea hasn’t latched onto this with something like “CNN agrees with me! Rush incarnation of Devil on earth!” (seriously some of his complaints started reaching the point where one wondered what his religion was)

  • Piers Morgan again. A third-rate hack who was sacked as editor of the Daily Mirror (a left-wing populist rag), for publishing a bogus story. Can the US not refuse him a visa? The downside is that he will spend more time this side of the pond, but at least we will be spared the embarrassment of his posturing abroad and giving the impression that all British journalism (rather than most of it) is crap.

  • Yes, many people have the misconception that the church ought to reflect the culture, that its stance on matters ought to be arrived at democratically in the sense that we have come to understand that politically in the West. This is a misconception. The church cannot change its beliefs where its beliefs solidly reflect Scripture. All the church can do is to engage the culture and adapt to it in terms of outreach. Still, parameters exist as we know.

  • I’ve read a couple things from Piers Morgan now that seem to imply any kind of prejudice, mild or otherwise, is the worst sin in the world

  • lol@the tacky Advocate photoshop BTW (assuming that’s their original image)

  • The Pope IS ONLY INFALLIBLE WHEN Speaking ex cathedra. Hos pronouncements on economic and social matters are subject to scrutiny by the laity which has the duty to hold church authorities accountable when they are wrong.
    Slavish obedience in prudential matters borders on cultism, the pope deserves our love and respect , we we do not nor should we worship the Pope not the members of the hierarchy.
    JFK said:
    “My church does not speak for me in public matters and I do not speak for my church”
    I was taught to make my own decisions in life matters and seek church guidance on spiritual matters, many people find it easier to follow , thus the apathy that exists or simply ignorance thus we do not denounce the enemy from the pulpit but continue a compromising and conciliatory policy while they advance their agenda.
    I will quote my priest in Cuba and eventually leader of our underground group of Cuban catholic Students upon entering the fight against the enemies of our country, the Catholic church playing a prominent role on it.:
    ‘”THE CATHOLICS OF TODAY ARE NO LONGER MARTYRS, THEY ARE WARRIORS AND AS SUCH SHOULD FIGHT THE FORCES OF LUCIFER THAT MEAN TO DESTROY OUR FAITH, SOMETIMES UTILIZING THE PLIGHT OF THE POOR TO ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS”

  • Something for “Popewatch” “Two Words That Catholics Need To Stop Using…..Like Now! by Emily Stimpson. CV Catholic Vote. Give me strength O Lord! I mean me, give me strength O Lord! I am going back to making my peanut butter balls.

  • Too bad the world doesn’t revolve around Emily Stimpson’s above it all pose.

    I haven’t had any use for her since her bone headed review of For Greater Glory:

    http://www.catholicvote.org/for-whose-greater-glory/comment-page-2/

    Her article seems to me to be a self-back slapping for holding political positions that basically align with those promulgated by the USCCB:

    “Or, to get more specific, what about me? I’m a pro-life, pro-traditional marriage, Obamacare-hating, free(ish) market-supporting, Gregorian Chant-loving, daily Mass-going girl. I must be a conservative Catholic. Right?

    But wait. There’s more.

    I’m also an anti-torture, anti-death penalty, anti-drone, pro-amnesty, preferential option for the poor-believing, organically grown and sustainably farmed-eating, alternative medicine-using, NPR-listening, Dr. Who-watching, Novus Ordo-going kind of girl. So, mightn’t I also be considered a liberal Catholic?”

    In her own way she confuses religion and politics as much as any committed leftist.

  • Whovians can’t be conservative? Goodness, I hope nobody tells…. hm… 75% of the folks I know who watch.

    About half of the second list just tells me that she’s heavy on emotion and/or gets manipulated a lot.

  • Yep, I would be among the Whovians Foxfier!

  • If you think about it, politics would be the only replacement for religion. It is the religion of this world–to build the City of Man. There’s nothing wrong with the health-life-style, but it becomes idolotrous when done for the wrong reason. Many peopel today are more concerned about their physical health than they are about their spiritual well-being and eternal destiny. And that’s scary. Even if you take very good care of yourself, you’re not going to be around for more than 80 years or so. If you have really good genes, maybe 100 to 110 and that’s about it. I just don’t see the point in getting fanatical about organic foods and juicers. Not to mention the fact that you can do everything right, hop in a car, get hit, and die that day. A point that is readily missed.

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