The cardinals came out shooting when they chose Pope Francis I, the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina.
Despite all the Left’s hopes, dreams and schemes about the Catholic Church “modernizing,” the new pope appears to be exactly what the so-called modern world needs to hear — a messenger of timeless morality.
The media, celebrities, politicians and many borderline Catholics would have liked someone who would be willing to chuck almost 2,000 years of tradition and climb on the popular crazy train.
But Francis has already made it known that there will be none of that, that the only trend the church wishes to be subject to is the one started by Jesus Christ.
The new pope’s position on gay “marriage” couldn’t be clearer: In 2010, he wrote, “Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God. We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
His pro-life position on abortion will have special relevance to the Democrat Party, which for some reason is stuffed full of self-proclaimed Catholics who for years have publicly gone against church teachings on abortion. John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Joseph Kennedy III — the list of politicians who have flaunted their church’s dictums is long and begins at the top of the Democrat Party’s leadership roster.
A paper he presented in 2007 read, in part, “We should commit ourselves to ‘eucharistic coherence,’ that is, we should be conscious that people cannot receive holy communion and at the same time act or speak against the commandments, in particular when abortions, euthanasia, and other serious crimes against life and family are facilitated. This responsibility applies particularly to legislators, governors, and health professionals.”
On euthanizing the elderly, he wrote, “Today, elderly people are discarded when, in reality, they are the seat of wisdom of the society. The right to life means allowing people to live and not killing, allowing them to grow, to eat, to be educated, to be healed, and to be permitted to die with dignity.”
Being from South America, the pope’s opinions on illegal immigration, particularly by Latinos into the United States, will no doubt bear some weight.
It will be educational to learn over the next few months how his papacy will shape public policy debates, particularly in the United States.
The devil’s brigade of Hollywood and media B-list celebrities wasted no time in maligning the new head of the Catholic Church.
Nicholas Kristof apparently was surprised to learn the cardinals had picked a Catholic to be pope: “sadly traditional on sexuality and contraception.”
W. Kamau Bell, host of a show on FX, Tweeted, “The Catholic Church should do this new pope thing once or twice a year. It is really a great distraction from all the kid rape.”
Comedian Joe Rogan Tweeted, “Sure am glad they’re sticking with this pope thing and that the world isn’t mocking it as a ridiculous artifact of the ignorant past.”
Their outrage is meant to make you think that their opinions are relevant and morally grounded, but the reality is that they can’t stand that yet another pope is not willing to cave in to political fads.
Personally, I have high hopes for this pope. Only time will tell for sure, but the cardinals may have picked a winner.