“his Holiness Francis, Pope of all the Roman Catholics is a blithering idiot” was a tempting title for this but it would have been untrue. Francis, the Jesuit under the Franciscan clothing, is a highly educated, experienced and intelligent man. So why did he tell the U.N. hat the legitimate redistribution of wealth to the poor is a government responsibility?
Whatever its spiritual connections, the Church is rum by men; few rise to the top of human organizations without being expert politicians. So we look there first for light. Francis addressed the U.N. when his church was under severe attack by that body for its pedophilia scandals. The media seems to enjoy sniping at the Church and has made much more of the scandals than it has of the 848 priests defrocked over the last ten years. His Holiness wasn’t likely to bring that up. Instead, like any canny politician, he chose one of the U.N.’s favorite subjects: Siphoning wealth from the few rich countries to the many poor ones. That’s like a New York visitor admiring the Yankees. Even better, it resonates all over South America, the Popes’ home, where the “Social Justice” thingy is most at home. And too, it certainly does nothing to offend western politicians in Europe and North America. We doubt that the Holy Father is concerned that it offends us.
Never mind that this prescription has never succeeded and cannot, given human nature. A prescription intended to cure the result of human nature by application of humans with enhanced power in government is if one thinks a bit, comical.
His Holiness engaging in this dance before a U.N. audience is unfortunately, rather comical too. The Church, relying mostly upon unmarried clergy, attracts some homosexuals. Some of those are pedophiles, as are some of the heterosexual clergy. That’s just biology.Some of those become Bishops. Those Bishops and some just trying to duck scandal have covered up some of these transgressions, adding another layer of scandal. But such is the nature of human bureaucracy. Working in a church doesn’t transform human nature. Francis and his immediate predecessors have been cleaning house without credit for that; today’s media wish to discredit religion.
A much larger and even more deeply buried scandal of this type is to be found in the public schools; clergy may be subject to human frailty, but laymen and women are likely to be even more so. Journalists are aware of that but turn a blind eye … The public schools are a Sacred Idol of the political left. Francis likely knows it too, but can you imagine the result of his mentioning it? Right.
It is unfortunate that he has to peddle socialism at all and triply so that he sees now as the time to do that. There are enough bankers in the Vatican (some of them no doubt Jesuits) that understand the the mad spending flowing from socialism is destroying the world’s financial system. His Holiness must indeed, feel trapped in the context of expectations — unfulfillable ones — to hold out such illusionary hopes.
It is a sad and serious loss to human civilization when the Roman Catholic Church lines up behind those engaged in destroying it. And it is telling that the Primate of that organization feels bound to do so.