Pope of the Migration Religion By Peter West

     I will not comment on claims made in a new book that 80 percent of the Vatican are gay.

     I was surprised by this, as I thought that the figure was closer to 100 percent; my mistake. Anyway, that has nothing to do with the Pope’s claim, that we must love migrants, just love them with all our hearts and souls, because … well, who knows:

“Pope Francis focused his homily on Friday on urging the faithful to resist “the wickedness and ugliness of our time” by not giving in to fears of migrants and refugees. In these difficult times, we are tempted to “close ourselves in ourselves, in our fragile human security, in the circle of our loved ones, in our reassuring routine,” the pope said. But this withdrawal into ourselves is a “sign of defeat” that “increases our fear of others — strangers, the marginalized, foreigners — who are also the Lord’s privileged ones.”

“This is particularly evident today, in the face of the arrival of migrants and refugees who knock on our door in search of protection, security, and a better future,” Francis said. The pope spoke these words at a Mass at the Fraterna Domus center outside Rome “in order to highlight his constant attention to the welcome of migrants,” Vatican News stated. Francis celebrated the Mass to kick off a three-day meeting titled “Free from Fear,” organized by the Migrantes Foundation, Italian Caritas, and the Jesuit-run Astalli Center for Refugees, to discuss reception structures for migrants. Throughout his six-year pontificate, Pope Francis has insisted that immigration and the care of migrants are primary concerns for Christians and should not be considered a second-tier issue. In his 2018 apostolic exhortation bearing the Latin title Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”), for instance, the pope said Christians have no right to treat the plight of migrants as a minor moral issue because Jesus commanded his followers to welcome the stranger.”

     How he abuses the story of the good Samaritan of Luke 10: 25-37, where the Samaritan helps the injured man, but does not take him into his home, but rather takes him to an inn. That though is the baby version of the story, and the higher IQ version was given by St Augustine, who saw the Samaritan as Jesus saving the sinful soul, nothing to do with literal refugees at all. In fact, the story for the ordinary folk has nothing to do with refugees either. But, that would not suit the ideological globo-commo purposes of the present anti-Pope.



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