Pope Francis addressed the Joint Session of the United States Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015. A full copy may be found at http://www.usccb.org/about/leadership/holy-see/francis/papal-visit-2015/media-resources/upload/11-EN-congressional-address.pdf.
Throughout, there were curious comments – many very defining of his mindset as opposed to expressing the Will of God. Francis gives short shrift to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. Yet both men were focused upon the growth of the United States through personal responsibility and dedication to the Founding Documents of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which they recognized as the expression of Natural Law.
But he championed Dorothy Day. She was a known Communist. She chose to have an abortion due to the “inconvenience” for her of the pregnancy. She actively sought control of business under the guise of the fraudulent idea of “worker’s rights”. She bastardized the teachings of Christ to justify a forced implementation of Communism and Socialist Theory in countries throughout the world that sought to expand and develop their economies, ultimately harming, if not destroying, their populations through her efforts.
Separately, Francis champions the efforts of Thomas Merton. Easily one of the most controversial individuals in the recent Catholic Faith, his writings are far more those of a mystic rambler than one grounded in and guided by the teachings of Christ. His “thinking” is of the moment. His approach is that of the failed “situational ethics” so many espouse today. Much of his writings relied on Eastern mystic thought, not in the fundamental structure established by Jesus during his ministry.
Most interesting – and disturbing – is the following excerpt:
Let us remember the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” (Mt 7:12).
This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves. In a word, if we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.
I must seriously question the Pope’s understanding of our country’s history.
The United States has provided security throughout the world for more than 200 years and Americans have been held up for ridicule and derision. We have been attacked in our own Country and told we should “expect it” because we have somehow “harmed” others through these efforts.
The United States – in particular those who support life in ALL phases from conception to natural death – has sought life since its founding through freedom for all. Yet we are ridiculed and mocked. We are told we are denying “choice” but we are equally wrong for defending our own lives.
The United States has provided opportunities to ALL who immigrate as long as they are equally willing to do the same. Yet the wealth we have developed through hard work and dedication to family and job has been maligned, twisted to be seen as selfish, and degraded as somehow harmful to others.
The words of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio ring hollow and vapid. These are not the words of a Pope, a father. The more words expressed by him, the clearer it becomes he is pursuing a political agenda to advance South American Communism under the twisted guise of Vatican II Catholicism.
God save us!