Pope joins 40,000 in Italian March for Life.
It was an act of courage. As I said in another blog, it will have a big impact in Italy – and not a positive one. I don’t mean that there is anything wrong with what he has done, but the Usual Suspects are unfortunately in a better position than usual to make hay of it. Unfortunately, the March for Life have received the endorsement – not, I am sure, sought for or welcomed – of a number of hard-right and even neo-Nazi splinter groups. Obviously, the whole abortion-supporting spectrum of Italian politics – which, as in the USA,includes most of the mainstream media – have thrown themselves on this element, marginal and secondary as it is. Frankly, the leaders should have disavowed this support, and done so loudly, but what is done is done. It means that the Italian mainstream media represent the March as the product of dangerous, anti-democratic extremism. The Pope has so far had a good press, because he seemed to incarnate Catholicism as these people would like it – humble in the sense of unchallenging and undemanding;but his appearance at the March means taking sides more forcefully than even his predecessors, and it is likely that they will turn against him. This comes immediately after the consecration of the Martyrs of Otranto and the visit of Pope Tewadros, the most assertive and defiant leader the Copts have ever had, whom Pope Francis as good as endorsed; two things that will have gone through the Muslim world like lightning, and which will be, in Muslim eyes, a “taking sides” just as serious as his apparition at the March will be in “progressive” ones. Pope Francis has not come to bring peace, but a sword, it seems.
I know you realize this, but anyone who thought the Powers That Be wouldn’t turn on this man eventually have sorely deluded themselves. The reaction will be all the more feirce because it will be harder to simply dismiss the man.
+1 for the Pope
The fact that he failed to phone it in scares me a little bit. It may be hard to assassinate an unpredictable man, but it is equally hard to protect him.
He needs Saint Michael the Archangel himself to be the head of the Swiss Guard, at this rate.
I don’t think he’s the least bit worried about assassination, nor should he be. He’s Ben Kenobi; if you strike him down, he will become more powerful than you could possibly imagine.
Absolutely he will- but I wonder if the Chechen or the Wahabbi know that…..And it is, after all, the job of the Swiss Guard on the other side to worry. Chairs and cheese sandwiches aside, they have a job to do, and he’s making it a bit harder on them.
Awesome! If he did this in the US, I bet the media here would be forced to actually cover the march.