|President Obama , and Pope Francis ,|
both share a common philosophy .
yet Pope Francis is a
more successful politician .
Is it possible that the Roman Catholic Church has entered a new phase with Pope Francis ? Let us be honest . First , (#)>> the Papacy has dominated the world political system for over a thousand years . Pope Francis may not be the first Pope to visit the United States . However Pope Francis is vary unique. Much of Pope Francis’ unorthodox views on the church are making waves. We have for the first time a NEW AGE POPE ?. The Pope's visit sounds to me that he's hammering America , on a political level he's trying to dictate policy by melting the wall that separates church and state . The Roman Catholic church has beaten all the rival Christian denominations on this . Hypocritically every American politician of whatever religious denomination addresses every pope as "holy father" , sure it's out of respect , but The stunning contrast between the Pope - a real, live ideological Christian - and the hundreds of fake, pretend Republican Christians in (2)>> Congress will be glaringly apparent. Pope Francis, in the first-ever papal address to a Joint Meeting of Congress, delivered a simple but passionate plea for humanity -- urging lawmakers to protect "every human life" and calling for a united response of "hope and healing, of peace and justice" for a world racked by violence and unrest. Speaking at the center of American power Thursday morning, the pontiff tackled urgent topics spanning immigration, family, the death penalty, climate change, extremism, religious freedom and the refugee crisis. Specifically, he joined American bishops in urging the abolition of capital punishment, and said Congress has a "role to play" in addressing global warming. My (3)>> OPINION , Pope Francis message needed to be said in our congress , it's just a message to wake up our sleepy congress to any respectful form of humility in a divided nation . The Pope's message to serving the important people in our society; supporting greed and the accumulation of wealth are their calling. Listen as they redefine poverty programs as "handouts", and man caused global climate change as "only a theory". I am happy that the Pope is speaking to them, but I do not think that they will commit to his cause. First of all Pope Francis just is not right about this During his speech before Congress, Pope Francis implored U.S. politicians to embrace migrants seeking to come into America.“Our world is facing a refugee crisis of a magnitude not seen since the second World War,” the pope said, according to USA Today, including “thousands of persons (who) are led to travel north in search of a better life. The inequality of physical wealth needs to be addressed, but the those poor in spirit need compassion and healing perhaps even more. The pope is not here to just redistribute what is Caesar's, but to provide an opportunity to heal all hearts through attention to those who have "less" in our midst. The Pope made some obvious suggestions that I can't agree with , first he wants the American congress to welcome all the illegals . He wants our system to open up with all these people who are here illegally out of charity . Sure that's good , but America sadly can't even take care of it's Veterans who served this country , yet pick up the tab for people who don't deserve it. Pope Francis often speaks about the dangers of unbridled capitalism, but at the same time he lectures the capitalistic countries of the world that it is their responsibility to accept the wretched refuse of other economic systems. Francis sets his new philosophy for the church in In his new encyclical, Laudato Si. focuses mostly on environmental degradation and how it affects the poor. But over the course of more than 100 pages, he also covers a grab bag of other topics, including abortion, genetic manipulation, and the limits of technological progress. This segues into a surprisingly bitter critique of the failures of the media and the negative effects of online interactions, which he sees as fundamentally related: They both undermine human relationships, Opposition to “fundamentalism” and “ideology” has been a consistent Francis theme, both during his trip to the United States and before. “No religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism,” he said during his speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday. “Nationalistic or falsely universalist ideologies … [are] capable of perpetrating tremendous atrocities,” he said during his speech to the United Nations on Friday. This is directed inwardly as much as outwardly; Francis has warned Christians against being “rigid” in their beliefs. But it’s also clearly a sentiment specific to our time, when religion is sometimes associated with beheadings and terrorist attacks and extreme violence. This kind of pluralism is relatively new to the Roman Catholic Church. Its first major venture into inter-religious dialogue was only 50 years ago, at the Second Vatican Council. As Rabbi Elliot Cosgrove noted at the 9/11 ceremony, the 1965 document Nostra Aetate marked the first time the Church had ever really made a statement on its relationship with other religions, and specifically Islam and Judaism. By no means have Catholic leaders been perfect partners in inter-religious dialogue in the decades following this document, but the contemporary Church is strikingly different from the Church past. The history is almost too infamous to have to recount: the Crusades, the Inquisition, Christian anti-Semitism during the Holocaust. Either case the Catholic Church has entered a new phase with Francis .
NOTES AND COMMENTS:
(1)>> NEW AGE POPE. In the book-length interview "El Jesuita", Sergio Rubin and Francesca Ambrogetti asked Cardinal Bergoglio in 1999 whether he thought modern people tended toward "religion a la carte," a phenomenon which has been called "Cafeteria Catholicism". Bergoglio noted that this "is a very common trend that corresponds to the modern consumerism. Some choose a mass by how the priest preaches. But two months later they say that what doesn't work well is the choir and then change again. There is a reduction of the religious to the aesthetic... They treat religion as a consumer product, and this is very linked, in my opinion, to some vague theism carried out within the parameters of the "New Age", where personal satisfaction, 'relaxation', and 'feeling good' are mixed in. This is being seen especially in large cities, but is not just a phenomenon that occurs among the educated. In poor areas, in the slums, sometimes they seek an evangelical pastor, because 'He reaches me.' Pope: After recently referring to his "God," whom he believes is "the ultimate source of life," Pope Francis proclaimed that "the earth" is "a source of life for the entire human family." The UN's New Age people who are largely panentheists believe in and promote a new age, neo-pagan syncretism that honors Mother Earth "as a sourse of life." (#)>> The Catholic Church and the papacy are by far the longest-lived institutions of Western civilization. Francis' predecessors have played a diplomatic role in the political life of the West since before the emergence of all the modern nation-states. Popes tangled with King Otto and Charlemagne. The Popes called the Crusades. The papacy has survived all manner of intrigue, even when Napoleon I had Pope Pius VII kidnapped and dragged over the Alps to Fontainebleau Castle. It's a longevity that any nation or throne would envy. To welcome the Roman pontiff into Congress is to be entered into this long chain of history. (2)>> Congress. It is quite unfortunate that not only the Evangelicals members of Congress are popier than the pope, but far too many Catholic ones as well. If a pope's teachings fits into their world view, they applaud, but if a pope's teachings are science based, they cry foul and insist - all of a sudden - on the separation of Church and State. For them, the earth is still flat and the center of the universe, despite the Holy See having accepted Galileo into their midst - albeit quite late. Sure I am saying that . Some consider the Pope to be the Anti- Christ , some say that hes part of some Illuminati some conspiracy . I can only say that the only conspiracy is in congress with it's Freemasons. I doubt the Pope will have much influence on the right wing ideologues of the Republican party. They attempt to cloak their ideology in Christianity, but their disregard for the poor, for immigrants, for the environment are the very antithesis of Christianity. Their hearts are hardened and even this great man will be unable to soften them.(3)>> OPINION . Francis called for the United Nations to promote a "worldwide ethical mobilization" of solidarity with the poor in a new spirit of generosity.He said a more equal form of economic progress can be had through "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state, as well as indispensable cooperation between the private sector and civil society."Francis had a similar message to the World Economic Forum in January and in h is apostolic exhortation "The Joy of the Gospel." That document, which denounced trickle-down economic theories as unproven and naive, provoked criticism in the U.S. that he was Marxist.Francis has denied he's Marxist, and spent years in Argentina battling Marxist excesses of liberation theology. But he has said from the outset that he wants a church that "is poor and for the poor" and ministers to the most marginal of society. (4)>> Francis . Francis, Bishop of Rome, should invite all the major religious leaders from around the world, to a meeting to discuss, and hopefully agree on, how to tackle the world's major problems. The root cause, I believe, is greed, whether it be for power, or just money.The result, gross inequity, poverty, slavery, climate change, and mass extinctions. We must all live within the sustainable limits of out planet.