Grasping at straws they took his “who am I to judge” comment out of context, pumped it up and rode it home to a Time magazine POY cover. They smiled and salivated over his washing the feet of prisoners–and one of them was a Muslim woman!!! Todd Unctuous and his crowd wanted desperately to believe that the new pope was one of them–a “deeply concerned” liberal who cared only for the poor, the women and the poor persecuted homosexuals.
They are now waking up to the stunning realization that errrm… The Pope is Catholic.
This article in Salon sounds quite angry and bitter. Anna March whines and whimpers and then stamps her foot when she discovers that the Pope is not going to ordain women, endorse contraception, fund abortion and condone same sex marriage. Then in the usual champagne socialist way she pretends that all she really cares about is the poor.
It is because she cares so much for the poor that contraception should be allowed. Never mind that most couples in poor countries want more children because it is their way of providing for their old age. It is because Anna March cares so much for the poor that she wants abortion on demand. What a wonderful way to show compassion on the poor–kill their babies. It is because she cares so much for the poor that she wants same sex marriage…never mind that the decent people in developing countries are disgusted by homosexuality and would find same sex marriage an unthinkable depravity.
According to Anna the Pope’s gregarious ways, his charming off the cuff remarks, his dialogue with atheists, his non judgmental attitude and living in the Vatican guest house is all a publicity stunt organized by the Pope’s new PR guru Greg Burke–who we’re told is really a sinister Opus Dei member who is (shock horror whisper it–celibate!) She opines that Burke got his job with a wink and a nudge from Cardinal Dolan and that Burke probably whips himself alone in a dark room somewhere in the labyrinthine corridors of the Vatican!
Send in the albino assassin!
Dan Brown come back. All is forgiven. We read in the byline that Anna Marsh writes fiction and drama. There’s one truth in the article then.
This from a writer, who would presumably sneer at conspiracy theorists.
Here are a samples of the spittle flecked, trembling with rage invective from this irrational soul:
While the pope transmits a populist vibe—particularly about the economy— he is an old-school conservative who, despite his great PR, maintains nearly all of the socialpolicies of his predecessors and keeps up a hardline Vatican “cabinet.” He has done virtually nothing to change the policies of the church to match his more compassionate rhetoric. People excuse the pope, claiming that he doesn’t have much power to make changes, but this simply isn’t true. Further, it is ludicrous to suggest that a man who denies comprehensive reproductive health care (including all forms of birth control including condoms and abortion) and comprehensive family planning is a man who cares about the poor of this world. The bigotry of homophobia and sexism cloaked in religion are still bigotry and sexism. By giving to the church, American Catholics aren’t supporting “progress,” they are supporting oppression and in this way are complicit in the bigotry, sexism, and oppression of the church.
The new sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe is the same as the old sexist, nun-hating, poverty-perpetuating, pedophile-protecting homophobe, but gosh how the media loves him
Oh, and guess what? Pope Francis (and all Catholics by extension) don’t care about things like eternal salvation, ministering to the poor or living the gospel. According to Anna it is all about money:
According to Forbes, in FY 2012, Catholic Charities USA raised $4.39 billion dollars for its charitable and social service programs. Combine the facts that U.S. Catholics fund the majority of the Church’s activities worldwide, the decline in donations from U.S. Catholics, and how the drop in donations correlates with the decline in reputation of the Catholic Church in America over the same time period and the need for a serious PR campaign becomes clear: Improve the Church’s image with U.S. Catholics in order to improve the cash flow.
Here are some other details from Anna’s make believe article: The Pope’s apartment at the Domus Santa Martha is now described as “a three room suite”. Notice how, when the liberal journos wanted a humble pope it was “a room in the simple guest house.” Furthermore, it seems the Pope has not abandoned the luxurious apostolic palace, but uses the frescoed rooms as his office and meeting place for dignitaries and he still (again shock and dismay) gives his Sunday blessing from the Window of the Apostolic palace.
Never mind common sense realities like, “Maybe it’s not suitable to greet the Queen of England in your bedroom your holiness, and perhaps the security arrangements are in place at the Apostolic Palace?” Never mind that the window in the Apostolic Palace just happens to provide perfect visibility to everyone in St Peter’s Square. No, that doesn’t fit with Anna’s new narrative that Pope Francis is a hypocrite and his popularity is the result of an absolute genius of a shadowy PR master.
The secularists should stop and take a deep breath.Read the whole article here.