Virgin Mary Comforter of Migrants? More Dope from the Pope! By Peter West

     I expect a crazy little comment from the Pope every two weeks, and he is spot on, true to form:

“Pope Francis has added “Comfort of Migrants” to the litany of traditional titles by which Catholics invoke the Virgin Mary. In a letter dated June 20, Cardinal Robert Sarah, who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship, declared that the title of “Comfort of Migrants” would be added to the “Litany of Loreto,” along with two other new Marian titles: Mother of Mercy and Mother of Hope. “The Church which walks along the pathways of history as a pilgrim towards the heavenly Jerusalem and enjoys inseparable communion with Christ her Spouse and Saviour, entrusts herself to her who believed in the word of the Lord,” Cardinal Sarah wrote. “We know from the Gospel that the disciples of Jesus had in fact learned from the very beginning to praise her as ‘blessed amongst women’ and to count on her maternal intercession,” the cardinal said. In his letter, Sarah notes that over the centuries, Christian piety has reserved numerous titles for the Virgin Mary, such as Refuge of Sinners, Comforter of the Afflicted, and Help of Christians. “Even in this present moment, which is marked by feelings of uncertainty and trepidation, devout recourse to her, which is full of affection and trust, is deeply felt by the People of God,” he states. The cardinal concludes his brief missive by announcing that Pope Francis “wishes to provide that in the formulary of the litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, called ‘The Litany of Loreto,’ the invocations ‘Mater misericordiæ,’ ‘Mater spei’ and ‘Solacium migrantium’ should be inserted.”

Along with care for the environment, Francis has made attention to the plight of migrants a hallmark of his seven years as pope, often calling on political leaders to show greater openness to immigration. Last Christmas, the pope made migrants the centerpiece of his Urbi et Orbi blessing, addressing the issue of immigration a remarkable three times in an 865-word message. “May the newborn Lord bring light to the people of Africa, where persistent social and political situations often force individuals to migrate, depriving them of a home and family,” the pontiff said to the thousands of pilgrims and tourists gathered in Saint Peter’s Square. The pope declared that modern migration is the product of injustice and that migrants often find their efforts impeded by “walls of indifference.” May the Son of God protect and sustain all those who, due to injustices “are forced to emigrate in the hope of a secure life,” he said.”

     How about having Mary as the defender of the nation and home from invaders too? That was old school thinking before the age of anti-Westerism. Notice that nothing much was ever said by the politically correct, with one notable exception, about the sexual slavery of the Yazidi women, who had a “blonde bloodline,” that jihadists wanted to smash:

That racial genocide was allowed to happen with no outcry  by the otherwise politically correct, because, well, “blonde bloodline,” you know. But, here, to give credit where credit is due, the Pope did mention this outrage, perhaps one of the few world leaders to do so, but oblivious to its philosophical ramifications:



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