Before I start, I must clarify a point: For Catholic believers, the Pope is most definitely NOT supposed to be infallible at all times. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition, as promulgated by Pope John Paul II, specifically and narrowly defines when and to what the doctrine of infallibility applies.
However, the mistaken belief that a pope’s infallibility applies all the time in all instances can and has been been, and will continue to be, exploited for political purposes – sometimes by the pope themselves.
Add to that a “likable guy” in the office of Pope, and you get full-blitz.
Right now we have two instances:
1. The Pope’s photo-ops with the Castros, When Francis Came to Cuba:
When four dissidents somehow managed to get close to Pope Francis, despite the efforts of church and state to keep all such Cubans away from him, they were quickly attacked by plain-clothed state security agents and whisked away to prison. Has Pope Francis denounced these injustices, which amount to religious persecution? Has he voiced concern over the compliance of his bishops in this persecution? No. Not a word. His silence is deafening.
Now in the U.S., Francis remains silent on government’s shut down of the Catholic Church’s adoption program in Boston. Likewise, this is puzzling news:
Pope Francis made an unscheduled stop to visit the Little Sisters of the PoorWednesday, a move that Vatican officials said was intended to send a message of support in the nuns’ battle against Obamacare.
Why a quiet message of support? Why not make it out front, direct, as part of the official schedule?
2. An emphasis on global warming/climate change alarmism, which, as Roger Kimball points out,
It’s long been clear that environmentalism is the new religion for leftists. You can never be Green enough, comrade, and the ideology of climate change provides an unending rationale for economic redistribution.
Francis deplored capitalism in his encyclical Laudato Si’ (while saying “we need a conversation which includes everyone,” uninvited Philippe de Larminat for his climate skepticism), asserting
Climate change is a global problem with grave implications: environmental, social, economic, political and for the distribution of goods.
By “the distribution of goods” Francis means “transfer of wealth,” one of the tenets of the environmentalist creed.
When speaking to Congress this morning, Francis repeated many of his environmental points from Laudato Si’, as expected.
One thing was missing:
While referring to “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners” – an invitation to welcome more immigrants – he made no mention of the hundreds of thousands of Christians martyred and slaughtered for their faith by Islamists. Of all the omissions, this one is the most disturbing of all.
These omissions bring to my mind the Anglican General Confession, We have left undone those things which we ought to have done;
And we have done those things which we ought not to have done.
I am not a deep thinker, so to end this post I go back to Carlos Eire, who is. He ended his article,
For now, all we Cuban Catholics can do is acknowledge the fact that the first pope, Saint Peter, made many, many mistakes, and that none of his successors have been infallible when it comes to politics. And we can take comfort in praying along with an innumerable throng of Christians who stretch all the way back to first century: Agnus Dei qui tollis peccata mundi, miserere nobis
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
What many of his new political friends mainly seek is to have the pope “moralize” their politics. Indeed.
Ben Shapiro dissects the speech.