Pot meet kettle: Pope Francis warns that spreading fake news is a “serious sin” while claiming a magic man lives in the sky.
A well meaning but morally bankrupt Pope Francis spoke out against the dangers of spreading fake news this weekend, apparently oblivious to the fact that the Catholic Church is built upon a foundation of fake news.
Indeed, claims of a virgin birth and resurrection are rooted in nothing but religious superstition and constitute long standing examples of fake news.
However, either oblivious to or simply not caring about his hypocrisy, Francis, speaking with representatives from Catholic media outlets at a meeting in the Vatican on Saturday, said:
We must not fall prey to the ‘sins of communication:’ disinformation – that is, giving just one side of the argument – slander, which is sensationalistic, or defamation, looking for outdated and old things, and bringing them to light today; they are very grave sins, which damage the heart of the journalist and harm people.
There is an urgent need for news communicated with serenity, precision, and completeness, with a calm language, so as to favor a fruitful reflection; carefully weighted and clear words, which reject the inflation of allusive, strident and ambiguous speech. It is important that, methodically and with patience, criteria of judgment and information be offered so that the public is able to understand and discern, and is not stunned and disoriented.
Francis is correct to note the problem with fake news, yet he is two-faced and intellectually dishonest when he condemns some fake news while continuing to promote the dangerous fake news that he constantly feeds the gullible and ignorant as head of the Catholic Church.
Indeed, religious superstition is the original fake news.
Yet despite his at times seductive rhetoric that calls to weak minded progressives desperate to find something good in the moral cesspool that is the Catholic church, Pope Francis continues to be a major disappointment, and a huge moral failure.
Previously, in what can only be described as a stunning bit of ironic hypocrisy, Francis, the head of a notoriously sexist institution that routinely discriminates against women, issued a call for equal treatment of women in the workplace.
More serious, in a scathing report, the UN condemned Francis and the Catholic Church for protecting and enabling pedophile priests engaged in the sexual abuse of children. And there is strong evidence Francis continues the Catholic Church’s reprehensible policy of protecting pedophile priests from criminal prosecution.
Yet another report reveals that Francis has been refusing to punish pedophile priests, and instead of cracking down on the sexual abuse of children by clergy in the church, Pope Francis is in reality quietly making the Catholic church a safe space for predators.
Indeed, the recent moral failures of Pope Francis range from the sinister to the comical. Previously a clueless Francis told an audience at St. Peter’s Square that choosing not to have children is “selfish,” apparently forgetting that he is a celibate man without children.
Also, Francis recently endorsed corporal punishment, a form of child abuse, by making the perverse claim that parents hitting children is “beautiful” as long as the act of violence against a child is done with “dignity.”
In addition, Pope Francis also believes that transgender teens should stop complaining, deny their lived experience, and “accept their own body as it was created.”
Perhaps most disturbing, commenting on the Charlie Hebdo massacre, Francis declared “one cannot make fun of faith” and that anyone who throws insults can expect a “punch,” offering a tacit justification for terror and violence in response to a cartoon making fun of religious superstition.
In short, despite the sometimes friendly facade, the occasional superficial liberal rhetoric, and a humorous joke now and then, Pope Francis is a moral failure guilty of perpetuating the institutional immorality of the Catholic Church.
Bottom line: Pope Francis lacks the moral and intellectual authority to be taken seriously about anything. As for fake news, nobody has done a better job of spreading fake news then the Catholic Church.