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Bear Growls: Pope Francis the Angry

angry Pope Francis

A succinct, and, on the whole, accurate assessment of Pope Francis, at least so far, by Saint Corbinian’s Bear:

 

Pope Francis — this is his. There are no surprises to the man. We can all sit back and stop obsessing over everything he says and does. There’s nothing to figure out any more. He’s a Latin American bishop with naive, confused and passionate politics and a constricted view of the world. He idealizes the poor, not because they are needy, but because they are The Poor. The Catholic Church is being repurposed into something strange, vague. The tone of this Papacy is anger.

And pessimism.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

18 Comments

  1. Yes, P Francis is angry, and really pessimistic as to the possible goodness in the human heart, despite his profession of the opposite—possibly why he adopted S Francis of Assisi, as a counterbalance to whom he really is.
    ….
    He decries “those who consume and destroy (n. 193) and positions “opposites” between “sustainable development” vs. “insatiable and irresponsible growth” (which only he, or Sanchez-Sorondo, would know the difference between them, of course). He bitterly derides “businesses [that] profit by calculating and paying only a fraction of the costs involved.” (Nonsense: businesses pay the cost of … doing business, my economically illiterate Pontiff!) (also n. 193)

    And lastly he wishes there to be an end to “political and economic debate” (usually the characteristic mark of free societies, free speech and debate, that is) and yearns for global authority, vast “actions to be taken” (163), to just wrap this messy earth thing up and make a pretty little Franciscan Utopia for him and his Pontifical Academy Court. None of whom have had to work an honest 14- or 16-hour (or more) sweaty, dirty, bone aching day in their life. Usquequo, Domine?

  2. Bear is right (but I repeat myself). The good news is that the mystery is over. Francis has showed his cards and he is proud of them. My prayers go to those who can best counter his nonsense.

  3. @The Bear: Yes, I do have a soft spot for baby goats, and calves, and foals. Guilty as charged. 🙂

  4. @Elizabeth Fitzmaurice & The Bear: no lambs?
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    I posted this over at CM

    Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 2 plus years and a fairly good image of the pope has [or should have] emerged.

  5. The good news is that the mystery is over. ”

    Yes, he’s “come out of the proverbial closet” so to speak, and rational people will no longer have to be subjected to the daily barrage of…”but he was misquoted by the media.”

  6. Yes, Don L., I aver the same:

    I have found it exhausting to deal with the checked-pants, ever-so-earnest defenders of P. Francis, when his history shows he is one of these uncriticized Jesuit “visionaries” without any substance (they still ooh and aah over Pedro Arrupe) who makes these fantabulous statements that just thrill them up their pants leg. Aaaaugh!

  7. Well, he’s right to be angry; we’ve made the planet a “pile of filth” dontcha know?

    Well, maybe not in free market, capitalist America, where pollution has waned while our development advances, but in those greedy, corporate-ruled, capitalistic places like China, India, and Russia, absolutely!

  8. No one who is this anti-capitalist and who is an ardent supporter of ever more centralized government sees the poor as anything but a prop.

  9. The Bear knows. The Bear speaks. The Bear is right. Long live The Bear.

    The most reasonable commentators are getting what our dear Pope’s deal is. He’s angry and flailing about without a clue about the real world. His is an imaginary, perhaps Argentine world, looked at through the cloudy lens of Liberation Theology. Someone should speak to him. Perhaps it will be the One he claims to represent.

  10. We still believe in Divine Providence, right? Something about God writing straight on crooked lines? Lord, where are You? Do it soon!

  11. [“We the people” are the “poor”]
    Rather, we the people are those who are genuinely the people of God; not all the “poor” believe in God or His Providence.

  12. Sydney O. Fernandes: ““We the people” are the “poor”]
    Rather, we the people are those who are genuinely the people of God; not all the “poor” believe in God or His Providence.
    You are more than correct. I am specifically referring to the “redistribution of wealth to “the poor” and from who will this wealth to be redistributed come for redistribution to the “poor?. This is important because I believe this Climate Changegate is to line the pockets of the ultra rich to further enslave the “poor”.

  13. It appears that many others smell raw politics in so much of this “help the poor” and “save the environment/climate/snail-darter”, game.
    Offer people freebies, justified sloth, or an official legal imprimatur on their lust, via law (or enable sin with the mercy card) and you can manipulate the voting masses like a drunk sailor.
    The “smoke of Satan” indeed.

  14. Don L –
    “of this “help the poor” and “save the environment/climate/snail-darter”, game.
    Offer people freebies, justified sloth, or an official legal imprimatur on their lust, via law (or enable sin with the mercy card) and you can manipulate the voting masses like a drunk sailor.”

    I don’t say the pope is part of this as a political move — but he and many others, with their good intentions, are being played and used by Satan.
    a perfect storm from hell isn’t it? The safe, reliable guide for a Christian pilgrim has always been the Church, led here on earth by the pope. Now the Christian wonders where to look for safe footing.

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