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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Pope Francisco Attacks “Savage Capitalism”

00 Free Market Trickle Down Economics at Work. 15.05.13

HH AGREES with Pope Francisco… their words are similar, no? Reflect on this… all too many priests here in the American diaspora suck up to the Affluent Effluent (or the merely comfortable, that’s how miserable our clergy have become). HH and the Pope of Rome don’t agree with them. It’s simple… you can stand with Pope Francisco and HH, or, you can stand with Victor Potapov, James Paffhausen, Chad Hatfield, Patrick Henry Reardon, and Rod Dreher. It’s your choice…


Sean Hannity… the greatest Catholic in America by his own estimation… probably feels like his head’s about to explode. There’s a crosier-carrying communist behind the wheel of the Popemobile. Considering comments by Pope Francisco yesterday, particularly in the wake of his criticism of “savage capitalism” earlier this year… there’s really no other way the nut jobs on the right can spin it. Francisco is channelling Lenin. According to Reuters, the Pope chucked prepared remarks yesterday at a meeting in Cagliari, the capital of Sardinia, and spoke from the heart to a crowd of 20,000 unemployed workers, “including miners in hard hats”. His change of plans came about after he spoke to three unemployed individuals, including the married father of three, who told Francisco that joblessness “oppresses you and wears you out to the depths of your soul”. Francisco responded with real feeling, “I find suffering here. It weakens you and robs you of hope. Excuse me if I use strong words, but where there’s no work, there’s no dignity”.

Later, the Pope celebrated mass in front of 300,000 outside the cathedral in Cagliari and told listeners, “We don’t want this globalised economic system which does us so much harm. Men and women have to be at the centre (of an economic system) as God wants, not money”. Today, unemployment across the island of Sardinia stands at 20 percent, but Francisco said that the problem is worldwide, “the consequence of a world choice, of an economic system that brings about this tragedy, an economic system that has at its centre an idol which is called money”. Of course, Pope Francisco’s Marxist tendencies were in evidence before. As bishop of Buenos Aires, he “sided with unemployed workers in their conflict with government austerity plans, [and] ended his improvised speech [on Sunday] with a prayer asking God to ‘give us work and teach us to fight for work’”.

His comments yesterday only prove what the right must have already suspected. The red banner will soon fly over the Vatican! According to reports in The Guardian, Pope Francico hit out at “unbridled capitalism” this past May. He called for ethical reforms in the financial system to create a more humane society. At the time, Francisco said, “We’ve created new idols. The worship of the golden calf of old has found a new and heartless image in the cult of money and the dictatorship of an economy which is faceless and lacking any truly humane goal”. Calling what we have now “savage capitalism”, Pope Francisco insisted that growing inequality in society was caused by “ideologies which 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”. The Pope also noted last July that a “culture of selfishness” was widening the gap between rich and poor. Then, he called for greater efforts to fight hunger and poverty.

Of course, in Tea Party circles, where the faithful wear WWTD bracelets (What Would Ted Do) in honour of Senator Ted Cruz, these could be classed as “fighting words”. In any case, we now have a leader of the Catholic Church who might argue that raising the minimum wage is just… who might say that limiting executive pay at top American companies (now equal to that of 327 ordinary workers) and pouring some of the excess into other workers’ pockets makes more sense… that insuring needy individual have access to health care is both humane and just. Or, as the crazies on the right might put it… Francisco is nothing more than a Marxist in a mitre. Really, Senator Cruz, just think about it. What was Jesus up to when he gave away all those loaves and fishes?

23 September 2013

John Viall

Addicting Info



Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Pope Francisco Enthroned

00 Pope Francisco Bergoglio. 19.03.13


On Tuesday, Pope Francisco Bergoglio was enthroned in the Vatican as the 266th Pope of Rome. After accepting the key symbols of the papacy… the Fisherman’s Ring and the pallium… the pope, former Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio addressed the thousands of believers gathered in St Peter’s Square, many of whom waited hours for the ceremony and a glimpse of the new pope. Pope Francisco, clad in white papal robes, looked slightly embarrassed as he toured the square in his open popemobile, with the usual bulletproof glass screens removed. He gave his greetings to all who approached him. Even at such a time, the head of the entire Catholic world did an amazing thing. Seeing a disabled man, he ordered the car to pull over, and he got out to greet him. The crowd burst into a storm of applause.

Ricardo, a self-described staunch atheist, shared his impressions of the pope’s inauguration with VOR, “I’ve always been remote from religion and faith. However, when the conclave elected Pope Francisco, and when I saw him on television, it deeply affected me. That’s why I decided to come here today… to greet the new pope. For me, it’s a historic moment, and it may even be a turning point in my life”. There were flags of many countries, greetings in hundreds of languages, smiles of joy wreathed every face in sight… then, the gathered crowd began to shout, “Viva il Papa Francisco! (Long Live Pope Francisco!)”. His presence seemed to revive the faith and hopes of all those present on the Square. Firanella, a resident of Venice, was very excited and emotional as she said, “I admire him so much that I don’t have the words to express it. Until now, I was very critical of faith and religion, so, I almost never went to church, but now I’ve decided to come back to faith definitively. Pope Francisco led me back”.

One could watch the entire inauguration in St Peter’s Basilica on large screens installed in the square. One could see the solemn procession of the cardinals, the vesting of the new pope in his papal vestments, and the prayer of Pope Francisco at the tomb of Apostle St Peter. Later, on the square itself, in a modest ceremony, Pope Francisco received the principal symbols of his office… the Fisherman’s Ring and the papal pallium. The Fisherman’s Ring made for Pope Francisco isn’t made of solid gold, it’s fashioned from gold-plated silver. Sceptics dismissed the pontiff’s modesty as an affectation. They said that it was only a sham… done to appeal to the hoi polloi. Others feared that Pope Francisco is a reformer who might try to change Catholic doctrine gradually. However, the majority are convinced that he’s a modest man in actuality, that he’s truly simple and unpretentious. After all, Francisco’s still taken aback by all the adulation directed at him. If believers expect any change, it’s only change for the better.

Louis is a seminarian from the Congo, he’s in Rome for the first time, but he’s not as anxious to see the Eternal City as he is to see the pope, he said, “I’m very happy that Pope Francisco is on the throne. He’s a simple and compassionate person. That’s what our church should be like. I’m sure that Pope Francisco will return the Catholic world to Christian traditions and strengthen our faith in Christ”. Clarissa is from Gabon in Central Africa, and she said, “He’ll continue the tradition of his predecessors John Paul II and Benedict XVI. He won’t allow same-sex marriage, abortion, or euthanasia. That’s impossible… not because the pope doesn’t want it, but it’s impossible because God doesn’t want it. After all, God installed our pope”.

After the inauguration, Pope Francisco served a Holy Mass of Thanksgiving, attended by official delegations from more than 180 countries. His first appeal to believers began with, “Keep Christ in your hearts!” In his inaugural homily, he spoke these words of peace and charity, “To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves… this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet, it’s one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all that God has given us!” After the end of the liturgy, bells throughout Rome rang out in a cacophonous tribute.

Milena Faustova19 March 2013

Milena Faustova

Voice of Russia World Service



Wednesday, 27 February 2013

The End of Pope Benedict’s Pontificate



Pope Benedict’s seven-year pontificate is ending. On Wednesday, the day before he officially steps down, Pope Benedict XVI Ratzinger held his last general audience. From 20.00 CET (11.00 PST. 14.00 EST. 19.00 UTC. 23.00 MSK. 06.00 1 March AEST) on Thursday, until a new Pope of Rome is elected, the Holy See will remain vacant. Long before the audience, tens of thousands of pilgrims from many countries flooded St Peter’s Square in Rome. When Benedict XVI appeared in his Popemobile, the crowd burst into a storm of applause. In his final address, interrupted by cheers, the pontiff urged Catholic Christians to preserve their faith through “stormy waters”.

He said, “When, almost eight years ago, on 19 April [2005], I agreed to take on the Petrine ministry, I held steadfast in this certainty, which has always accompanied me. In that moment, as I’ve already stated several times, the words that resounded in my heart were, ‘Lord, what do you ask of me? It a great weight that you place on my shoulders, but, if you ask me, at your word, I’ll throw out the nets, sure that you’ll guide me’… and the Lord really has guided me. He’s been close to me… daily, I could feel his presence. [These years] have been a stretch of the church’s pilgrim way, which saw moments joy and light, but also difficult moments. I’ve felt like St Peter with the Apostles in the boat on the Sea of Galilee… the Lord gave us many days of sunshine and gentle breeze, days in which the catch was abundant; [then], there were times when the seas were rough and the wind against us, as in the whole history of the church it has ever been… and the Lord seemed to sleep. Nevertheless, I always knew that the Lord is in the barque, that the barque of the church is not mine, not ours, but His… and He shall not let her sink. It is He, who steers her… to be sure, He does so also through men of his choosing, for He desired that it be so. This was and is a certainty that nothing can tarnish. …

I’d like to invite everyone to renew firm trust in the Lord. I’d like that we all would entrust ourselves as children to the arms of God, and rest assured that those arms support us and us to walk every day, even in times of struggle. I’d like everyone to feel loved by the God who gave His son for us, and who showed us His boundless love. I want everyone to feel the joy of being Christian. In a beautiful prayer, recited daily in the morning, it says, ‘I adore you, my God; I love you with all my heart. I thank you for having created me, for having made me a Christian’”.

On 11 February, Benedict XVI announced his surprise decision to resign. His papacy coincided with a difficult period for the Roman Catholic Church. Being a staunch conservative, he wasn’t always able to, or, perhaps, didn’t want to resist modern tendencies inside the Church, Russian theologian Yuri Tabak told VOR, “The Catholic Church has accumulated problems that hamper its further development. These include priestly celibacy, contraception, and numerous paedophilia-related scandals“. Yet, many Catholics regret Pope Benedict’s abdication. One of the world’s greatest Catholic theologians of our time, he commanded profound respect and admiration. Tomorrow evening, the “Emeritus Pope”, the title bestowed upon outgoing Pope Benedict, will move into the summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, where he will spend a few months before retiring into a monastery in the Vatican. In early March, a conclave will meet to elect a new Pope of Rome.

Milena Faustova27 February 2013

Milena Faustova

Voice of Russia World Service


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