If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. Jesus Christ
Remember the beautiful moment in his inauguration when Pope Francis stopped the procession, got out and blessed the disabled man? Remember the expression on that man’s face as he looked up at the Holy Father?
That moment was the whole event, perhaps the papacy and the Church itself, caught in one man’s face as he looked at his pope. At least it was for me.
Evidently, certain Church-bashers saw something else.
I saw a headline this morning announcing “Pope Perpetuates Religious Prejudice by Blessing Disabled Man.”
And no, it wasn’t on The Onion.
It was on Huff Post politics, written by the “Distinguished Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago” Lennard Davis. I won’t link to it, so don’t ask me. But I will say that I read the article and it wasn’t satire. The distinguished professor meant what the headline said.
The article was chock full of the usual self-righteous ramblings about what the pope should do if he “really” wants to help disabled people. It also contained this nifty little question: “Is there something inherently special about being disabled that requires a blessing?”
I could counter with all sorts of things, but I may have already given this claptrap more weight than it deserves.
My grandmother had a saying: If you could buy him for what he’s worth and sell him for what he thinks he’s worth, you could (insert huge payment to somebody.)
I suggest that we apply that saying to this article.