CNN: The ‘Obamification’ of Pope Francis

At CNN, John Blake does a good job of pulling together and summarizing some of the critiques of Pope Francis that we’ve seen all over the place: “The ‘Obamification’ of Pope Francis.” I won’t quote any little excerpts from it here – it’s worth reading the whole thing over there. (Come back here and comment on it if you wish.)

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/13/us/pope-obama-critics/

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/09/13/us/pope-obama-critics/

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  1. Blake seems to have rounded up some of the more frayed tassels on the
    lunatic fringe. As any political operative can tell you, even useful idiots can be useful.

    I hear from sincere, fairly well-informed Catholics that Pope Francis is at the mercy of a liberal cabal in the Vatican, or, alternately, that he was infected with Marxist theory in Argentina and does not rightly understand capitalism with a human face, as we nobly practice it. That is more worrisome than speculation that he is the antichrist because, if he is a nice old goof being used as a tool by socialist Vatican bishops (!) or he doesn’t know what he is talking about, his whole project isn’t worth a good Catholic’s attention.

    1. Tom Blackburn : I hear from sincere, fairly well-informed Catholics that Pope Francis is at the mercy of a liberal cabal in the Vatican,

      If they actually think there is a “liberal cabal” at the Vatican I would have a difficult time calling them “well informed.”

      As for his views on capitalism there is little if any daylight between them and the views on capitalism expressed by Pope Benedict of Pope John Paul which makes if more difficult to think of those critics as “well informed.”

      1. @Norman Borelli:
        I guess I should have said they come to Mass, are seen around the parish and don’t drool, instead of calling them fairly well-informed. What I really meant is some of the people are open to being fooled most of the rime.

  2. To the point that Francis’s views of free market excesses are consonant with Benedict’s and JPII’s: for some reason they seem more difficult to dismiss or ignore when they come from Francis.

  3. Some of the criticisms of Francis cited in the CNN article are almost laughable.

    Francis is “on an apology tour”? As is clear to anyone who paid any attention at all to Catholic events of the past generation, John Paul II must be regarded as the Supreme Apologizer in the entire history of the Church. Francis pales in comparison.

    Francis has “warmed up to Islam like no other pope before him”? It was JP2 who emphasized inter-religious dialogue more than any other pope. JP2 was the first pope to pray in a mosque (and Pope Benedict was the second), began the annual message to Muslims for Ramadan, and invited Muslim leaders (along with leaders of many other world religions) to pray for peace with him in Assisi in 1986 and 2002. And one of the aforementioned apologies of JP2 was for the Crusades.

    Francis is “a stealth socialist”? Please. You can call Francis many things, but “stealth” is not one of them. As for socialism, Norman Borelli put it well above: “there is little if any daylight between them and the views on capitalism expressed by Pope Benedict or Pope John Paul.”

    On the other hand, one criticism mentioned early in the piece is on target. He’s aiming to create “a New World Order.” He is indeed, and I suspect he’d be happy to own that. Again, no stealth involved. And anyone who has paid any attention to the teachings of John Paul II, Benedict XVI, Paul VI, John XXIII, Pius XI, Leo XIII, and others will know that this is an abiding characteristic of the popes of modern times. (Pius XI — now there was a new world order pope!)

    Of course, it’s also a characteristic of the Fisherman in whose shoes they walk.

  4. Jim Pauwels : To the point that Francis’s views of free market excesses are consonant with Benedict’s and JPII’s: for some reason they seem more difficult to dismiss or ignore when they come from Francis.

    Evidently. Now we get news of a Congressman from Arizona — who is also Catholic — saying he will boycott Pope Francis’ speech to Congress next week because of his “leftist” policies. Yet another reminder of how Catholic Social Teaching is “our best kept secret.”

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