The Daily Mail reported that Pope Francisco Bergoglio told believers that he’s prone to human weaknesses just like anyone else. Speaking to the crowd from the balcony of St Peter’s Basilica, he admitted that he sometimes couldn’t finish praying because of drowsiness. The pontiff confessed to an audience of 200,000 that he nods off during evening prayers at the end of a long day, saying, “The fatigue of the day makes you fall asleep, but He (God) understands”. His comment drew laughter from the crowd. In general, the pontiff devoted his speech to charity. The Pope expressed dissatisfaction with the fact that, in today’s world, we don’t view starving and freezing children as something unusual. He added that people are much more interested in secular scandals nowadays, but he also said, “We can’t become starched Christians, too polite, who speak of theology calmly over tea. We have to become courageous Christians and seek out those (who need help most)”. Argentinean Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the 266th pope of the Catholic Church on 13 March 2013. He’s the first Latin American Pope of Rome, as well as the first Jesuit priest to become pope. He’s one of the simplest pontiffs in modern history. For example, he chose to reside in the Vatican guesthouse rather than the papal residence.
20 May 2013
Voice of Russia World Service
Terrence Mattingly just wrote a piece on Pope Francisco that was a lying piece of shit due to its omissions. Mr Mattingly didn’t mention once that the pope opposes all of the nutty squirrel rightwing notions that Mr Mattingly and his crowd (which includes Victor Potapov, James Paffhausen, Rod Dreher, and Freddie M-G) advocates. In fact, the implication given by Mr Mattingly was that the pope agrees with the rightwing lunatic pap spouted by the konvertsy. For instance, Mr Mattingly didn’t quote:
- The worship of the golden calf of old (cf. Exodus32.15-34) has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy that’s faceless and lacking any truly humane goal.
- Whilst the income of a minority increases exponentially, that of the majority is crumbling. This imbalance results from ideologies that uphold the absolute autonomy of markets and financial speculation, and, thus, deny the right of control to States, which are themselves charged with providing for the common good. A new, invisible, and at times virtual, tyranny is established; one that unilaterally and irremediably imposes its own laws and rules.
- Money has to serve, not to rule! The Pope loves everyone, rich and poor alike, but the Pope has the duty, in Christ’s name, to remind the rich to help the poor, to respect them, to promote them. The Pope appeals for disinterested solidarity and for a return to person-centred ethics in the world of finance and economics.
In short, Pope Francisco stands against and condemns the rightwing libertarian nonsense spouted by Terrence Mattingly and his ilk. So should we… right is right, no matter who speaks it. It’s time to take the Church back from these greedy beastly toddlers. Aren’t you tired of their bloviations on the Fathers, “homosexual infiltration” (but note well who their “Orthodox” sponsors were… Gleb Podmoshensky, for one), neoconservatism, and “proper dress?” It’s enough to make an adult hurl. It’ll require us to swallow a kopeck’s worth… shall we?