18 September 2015

When You're Right, You're Right. And a Little Wrong.

In this opinion piece at NRO, Catholic Congressman Paul Gosar explains why he will boycott Pope Francis' upcoming address to congress.

I think his criticisms are more or less right on, and that he deserves credit for the courage to point this out; by making this public statement, he draws attention to the ridiculousness of the Pontiff's marriage of the Church's hierarchy to the fraud of the climate change medicine show. Hopefully, this marriage can be the first beneficiary of the new speedy annulment process.

That being said, he should respect the office and person of the Pontiff, acknowledge the historical event of a pope actually appearing before congress, and go anyway.

He's made his point now. So go.

An excerpt from his statement:

It is difficult to convey the excitement I first felt when it was revealed that His Holiness Pope Francis was invited to Washington D.C. to address the world from the floor of the House of Representatives. Many believed, like I did, that this was an opportunity for the Pope to be one of the world’s great religious advocates and address the current intolerance of religious freedom. An opportunity to urgently challenge governments to properly address the persecution and execution of Christians and religious minorities; to address the heinous and senseless murders committed by ISIS and other terrorist organizations. An opportunity to address the enslavement, belittlement, rape and desecration of Christian women and children; to address the condoned, subsidized, intentionally planned genocide of unborn children by Planned Parenthood and society; and finally, an opportunity for His Holiness to refocus our priorities on right from wrong.

Media reports indicate His Holiness instead intends to focus the brunt of his speech on climate change--a climate that has been changing since first created in Genesis. More troubling is the fact that this climate change talk has adopted all of the socialist talking points, wrapped false science and ideology into “climate justice” and is being presented to guilt people into leftist policies. If the Pope stuck to standard Christian theology, I would be the first in line. If the Pope spoke out with moral authority against violent Islam, I would be there cheering him on. If the Pope urged the Western nations to rescue persecuted Christians in the Middle East, I would back him wholeheartedly. But when the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician, then he can expect to be treated like one. Artist and columnist Maureen Mullarkey effectively communicated this fallacy stating, “When papal preferences, masked in a Christian idiom, align themselves with ideological agendas (e.g. radical environmentalism) [they] impinge on democratic freedoms and the sanctity of the individual.”


So at this pivotal moment in world history, His Holiness, Pope Francis, is intending to spend the majority of his time on one of the world’s greatest stages focusing on climate change. I have both a moral obligation and leadership responsibility to call out leaders, regardless of their titles, who ignore Christian persecution and fail to embrace opportunities to advocate for religious freedom and the sanctity of human life. If the Pope plans to spend the majority of his time advocating for flawed climate change policies, then I will not attend. It is my hope that Pope Francis realizes his time is better spent focusing on matters like religious tolerance and the sanctity of all life. As the leader of the Catholic Church, and as a powerful voice for peace throughout the world, His Holiness has a real opportunity to change the climate of slaughter in the Middle East… not the fool’s errand of climate change.


Anonymous said...

Jesus came to afflict the comfortable, and comfort the afflicted. Those closest to the synagogue during His short life on earth were threatened by Jesus's denouncing their self-righteousness. The Sadducees and Pharisees knew the truth, and the vast majority didn't. They lived in wealth - the vast majority certainly didn't. They ritually did everything by the book, and others didn't. Sound familiar to your readers? Jesus excoriated them for their self-righteousness. They talked about religion without living their faith.
On the other hand, Jesus threw himself in with the poor, the lame, the crippled, the blind. He dined with tax-collectors - thugs who 'enforced' the law by confiscating what they could. He sat with whores and known sinners of his time.
I can only imagine how critical this group would be of Jesus himself if he were back.
Yes, the comfortable on all sides are being afflicted with Pope Francis's words and actions. I don't think there is a single Catholic in America who isn't being challenged at some level.
Do we listen to those challenges? Or take the easy way out and simply blast him for being "Not Catholic like me," and therefore wrong.

thetimman said...

Is that you, Holy Father?