Page one of the Tuesday, April 11, 2017 Washington Post featured a story entitled, “How Pope Francis is leading the Catholic Church against anti-migrant populism” which begins thusly,
As politicians around the world including President Trump take an increasingly hard line on immigration, a powerful force is rallying to the side of migrants: the Roman Catholic Church led by Pope Francis.
Catholic cardinals, bishops and priests are emerging as some of the most influential opponents of immigration crackdowns backed by right-wing populists in the United States and Europe. The moves come as Francis, who has put migrants at the top of his agenda, appears to be leading by example, emphasizing his support for their rights in sermons, speeches and deeds.
The pro-migrant drive risks dividing Catholics—many of whom in the United States voted for Trump. Some observers say it is also inserting the church into politics in a manner recalling the heady days of Pope John Paul II, who stared down communism and declared his opposition to the 1991 Persian Gulf War. The Vatican is standing in open opposition to politicians like Trump not just on immigration but also on other issues, including climate-change policy.
One cannot imagine such a blatant act of cynicism except that this is far from the first time in recent memory the RCC has hidden behind its self interest to feather its own nest at the risk of everyone else. Recall its denial of wide spread Pedophilia or paedophilia, which Wikipedia tells us “is a psychiatric disorder in which an adult or older adolescent experiences a primary or exclusive sexual attraction to prepubescent children.”
What could be another hypocritical example than calling for more aliens to migrate when the Pope’s own institution is suffering from an acute shortage of priests and a population of nuns whose average age is over 75?
Let’s be very clear. The refugee crises certainly bears strong relationship to the population crisis and the Pope’s organization has been wildly against birth control which in large measure has helped balloon human numbers around the world.
Even as American Catholic women were practicing birth control including abortion in the same manner as other American women, the Vatican hierarchy including the powerful American Catholic Bishops were heavily fighting against any means of birth control except the rhythm method known to many as “Russian Roulette”. The ideal doctrine espoused by such family planning pioneers as Margaret Sanger that each child be a wanted child was cynically ignored by this heinous hierarchy of self interested men.
The literature of this church reeks with well documented histories of brutal misbehavior masked as concern for the souls of its adherents. And we don’t have to go as far back as the Spanish Inquisition.
But their political savvy is nonpareil. Trump, in many ways so justifiably wrong and consequently very unpopular with a majority of Americans, becomes the perfect target for attack. As the Post article tells us “In the United States, individual bishops, especially those appointed by Francis, have sharply criticized Trump’s migrant policies since his election. They include Newark Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin, who last month co-led a rally in support of a Mexican man fighting deportation. Tobin has decried Trump’s executive orders on immigration, calling them the ‘opposite of what it means to be an American.’” Anything to replenish the sagging number of priests and nuns??
More anguish from the RCC hierarchy: “In Los Angeles, Archbishop José H. Gomez, the first Mexican American vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, which leads the U.S. church, described migrant rights as the bishops’ most important issue. He has delivered blistering critiques of Trump’s policies, and instructed his clerics to distribute cards in English, Spanish, Korean and Vietnamese informing migrants of their rights in 300 parishes.”
In short, anything to benefit the Vatican and the RCC, including getting the US Supreme Court packed with Catholic or with non Catholic, Neil Gorsuch, a justice trained by Catholic Justices Kennedy and Scalia.
The immigration issue and the family planning issues are conjoined by moral humanity and the need for the rule of law. Promoting reckless migrant numbers into our sovereign nation beyond any reasonable need has added over 100 million immigrants, legally and illegally since our laws were changed in 1965. What is moral or ethical about urging illegal behavior by immigrants or dangerous lack of birth control services for women? Go figure!
At last—after far too long—many Americans and Europeans woke up and got wise to what happened with immigration and now are seeking reasonable amends. Those amends can only be achieved by reestablishing the Rule of Law by making legal immigration only a reality despite the efforts of both major parties to do the bidding of the RCC, the ethnic minorities and the cheap labor seeking by American business.
Oh, and another factor to consider. The arrival of massive new robotic employees has made the claim of adding American jobs ever more hypocritical. That covers Trump too.
This Pope says no women priests ever, is anti gay marriage, hates safe birth control and pretends that the mental health is better by attacking those people who are by no fault of their own gay or LGBT. What a list!
Talk about my way or the highway! Pope Francis’ statement in the Post article is so contradictory of reality: “I appeal not to create walls but to build bridges,” Francis said in February on an international day of prayer against human trafficking. “To not respond to evil with evil. To defeat evil with good…. A Christian would never say, ‘You will pay for that.’ Never.” Talk about utter inanity if you really look at the facts.
The Post adds this quote: “Cardinal Peter Turkson, one of the Vatican’s most senior voices, said last month that it was wrong to portray the Holy See as ‘against’ Trump. But a day earlier, he said that the Vatican was counting on the U.S. Catholic Church—as well as checks and balances—to stop Trump’s policies.”
We know that Trump was elected because of huge dissatisfaction with the treatment of many citizens who felt their government was not listening. Whether Trump will be able to fulfill his promise of getting immigration handled under the Rule of Law remains in serious doubt as explained above.
And the funding of reproductive health services such as Title X (a Nixon accomplishment in 1970) or Planned Parenthood, women’s main reproductive health provider, by our Federal Government also is very much at risk.
Then yet another cynical political angle gets played when the Post notes that “The Vatican is standing in open opposition to politicians like Trump not just on immigration but also on other issues, including climate-change policy.”
Just as the RCC attacked the Rockefeller Commission report on population as it would affect America’s future, which counseled full attention to the population problem. Thereafter and with huge damaging effects, the RCC and its agents in government sought to and did undermine any US government support for family planning while the US population soared from about 200 million to 330 million now and the world’s population more than doubled despite the known damage to our planet and the lives of its human inhabitants.
Why do we keep listening to people who want to treat people without political clout badly derives from more and more power being lodged at the top?? Is it a function of the USA now being run by the best government money can buy? Or are we just going to continue being lazy or stupid about our future and that of our children and grandchildren?
As you, Pope Francis, kiss the feet of a few poor refuges, and are opining thusly, “Facing the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees—fleeing death by war and famine and journeying towards the hope of life—the Gospel calls, asking of us to be close to the smallest and forsaken. To give them a concrete hope,” don’t you realize how much your institution’s orthodoxy and your institution’s actions have much to be ashamed of?? Guess not as the PR game continues with apparently no conscience.
From the Dissident Left: A Collection of Essays 2004-2013
By Donald A. Collins
Publisher: Church and State Press (July 30, 2014)
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