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.