The left, especially in the media, continues to misinterpret Pope Francis. A prime example occurred yesterday. Ed Morrissey of Hot Air gives us the details:
Pretty much every word in this Reuters piece is nonsense, including the words “the” and “and”:
Pope Francis, whom conservatives in the Roman Catholic Church have accused of not speaking out forcefully enough against abortion, on Monday called the practice “horrific”.
The pope made his toughest remarks to date on abortion in his yearly address to diplomats accredited to the Vatican, a speech known as his “State of the World” address.
“It is horrific even to think that there are children, victims of abortion, who will never see the light of day,” he said in a section of the speech about the rights of children around the world.
Since his election in March, the pope, while showing no signs of changing the Church’s position against abortion, has not spoken out against it as sternly or as repeatedly as his predecessors Pope Benedict XVI and the late John Paul II.
Both of those popes often delivered sermons against abortion, which the Church considers murder.
Pope Francis has been speaking out forcefully against abortion during the entirety of his pontificate. It’s just that the media isn’t terribly interested in covering it. It doesn’t fit their narrative of the “progressive Pope,” so it usually gets ignored until it comes to suggesting that a Pope teaches Catholic doctrine as some sort of bone-tossing exercise.
Go here to read the rest. The key to understanding Pope Francis is that he is a religious figure. All of his stances on current issues are motivated by what he believes Catholicism demands. One can disagree with the Pope on one or more of his positions, but it is the height of folly to think that the Pope is playing politics or to view the Pope through a political prism. Of course for many leftists their politics has become a substitute religion, so they have no other way to view the world. They view the Pope as a political animal like themselves, because when it comes to religion they are like blind men from birth trying to describe color.