Sunday, February 28, 2016
AS POPE FRANCIS, YOU ARE DARNED IF YOU DO AND DARNED IF YOU DON'T
So, you get Pope Francis appearing to become political as it concern welcoming the stranger and immigrants and finding humane ways to deal with people who are escaping violence and poverty in search of a safer and more productive life even when it is done illegally.
You get pseudo-traditionalists in the Church who are ultra conservative politically castigating the pope for saying anyone who builds walls, like Trump, isn't Christian. Although now we are finding out the Italian that Pope Francis used didn't mean Trump isn't Christian but his desired action. There is a nuanced difference.
Then Pope Francis, although His Holiness has spoken clearly about the ideology of same sex marriage and how wrong it is; that children have a right (not just deserve) to one father and one mother and that in no way can same sex civil unions be called marriage, His Holiness is castigated in this country by the same ultra conservatives and pseudo-traditionalist for not engaging more in the political processes and protests in Italy, which despite is lack of endorsement or active endorsement of the goals of protest group has led nonetheless to the Italian Parliament endorsing same sex civil unions but falling short of calling this marriage. It would allow for adoption by these couples.
Never mind that previous popes despite their political activism in the politics of Italy and strongly condemned divorce, artificial birth control, abortion and the like failed in their activism and Italy passed laws allowing these immoral things anyway.