Red Light Racicot Posted October 5, 2015 Share Posted October 5, 2015 http://qz.com/511809/pope-francis-is-not-a-progressive-he-just-has-terrific-pr/ The Pope’s arrival in the United States was met with 200,000-strong crowds, a popemobile Snapchat filter, and a level of euphoria that would unnerve One Direction. He posed for selfies with his fans, tweeted to his 7.3 million followers, and has been described as a “liberal icon” and a “lodestar to both the spiritual and secular worlds.” But this adulation has very little to do with Pope Francis’s beliefs or actions, and an awful lot to do with an impressive PR campaign led by former Fox News correspondent Greg Burke, who is the Vatican’s senior media advisor. In the past few years, Pope Francis has steered clear of controversial topics and displayed an open-minded attitude towards the most socially conservative aspects of the Roman Catholic Church. He said the Church had become “obsessed” with abortion, gay marriage, and contraception, which was why he chose not to talk about such issues. Pope Francis sent a kind letter to a same-sex family and, while talking to reporters in 2013, he said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” However, in a letter to the Carmelite Nuns of Buenos Aires in 2010, when Argentina was debating gay marriage he said the following: “It is not a simple political struggle; it is the destructive attempt toward God’s plan.” The political movement for gay marriage is “the envy of the Devil, by which sin entered into the world, which cunningly seeks to destroy the image of God.” Gay adoption is discrimination against children: “What is at stake here is the identity and survival of the family: father, mother and children. At stake are the lives of so many children who will be discriminated against in advance, depriving them of the human maturation that God wanted to be given with a father and a mother.” The Pope’s record on several other social issues could hardly be described as “liberal” either. Pope Francis has: -Compared arguments for transgender rights to a nuclear arms race. -Spoken out against abortion, saying: “Defend the unborn against abortion even if they persecute you, calumniate you, set traps for you, take you to court or kill you. No child should be deprived of the right to be born, the right to be fed, the right to go to school.” -Said he’s firmly opposed to ordaining women as priests, or clergy of any kind, insisting, “That door is closed.” Francis has also upheld the Church’s opposition to birth control. Though Pope Francis was enthusiastically received at the United Nations, his policy on contraception is at direct odds with the UN’s goal of eradicating poverty. Expanding access to birth control could prevent 52 million unintended pregnancies, 14 million unsafe abortions and 70,000 maternal deaths a year, according to the Guttmacher Institute, yet the Pope will not shift. (It’s not so inconceivable that he would do so: in 1964, Pope Paul VI held a commission to debate the issue and the majority, including 60 of 64 theologians and nine of 15 cardinals, were in favor of repealing the ban.) And though Pope Francis has approved a system of accountability for Catholic bishops who don’t properly respond to sex abuse accusations and met with victims of sex abuse and “renewed his commitment” to treat victims with justice, he has a far from exemplary record at tackling sexual abuse within the Church. While an Archbishop in Argentina he was often quiet on the issue, and when one priest, Father Julio César Grassi, was found guilty of molesting a pubescent boy, he was not expelled from the priesthood. Instead, church officials led by Archbishop Bergoglio (now Pope Francis) commissioned a private report arguing that Grassi was innocent and which, prosecutors say, has helped Grassi avoid jail time. In January last year, a UN report said the Vatican should “immediately remove” all known or suspected child abusers among the clergy. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the Holy See should identify those who had “concealed their crimes” so that they could be held accountable. A few months later, Pope Francis retaliated, saying: The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution to have acted with transparency and responsibility. No-one else has done more. Yet the Church is the only one to have been attacked. And yet there are fugitives in the Vatican. If they are finally extradited, and those who covered it up are made to answer, I'd feel a lot better about the whole thing. With all the non adherents and atheists fawning over this new Pope, I felt obliged to show you why I am not a fan, and perhaps a few things you were not aware of. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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