Who could have imagine it, prayed for it? More than 50 years after the death of Pope John XXIII (all three Witnesses for Peace in 1963 -- John XXIII, Nikita Khrushchev, John F. Kennedy -- would be dead or deposed within a year), 50 years of Paul VI's rollback of Pacem in Terris, the murder of John Paul I, John Paul II (the CIA Pope) and his support (née silence) regarding all things Reagan/Thatcher, all things corporatist and privatized, and fascist altar-boy Joseph Ratzinger ~ we have Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Pope Francis.
Who was it who said "the enemy of my enemy is my friend"? Look at the pile-on as Francis tours the world: over here we have Leftoids & Femoids bleating about sexual abuse of parishioners, gays, the separation of Church and State, gays, abortion, divorce, gays, and female ordinations. Over there we see Donald Tramp and the Fox News baboons howling about sexual abuse of parishioners, the separation of Church and State (from US reactionaries, no less!), abortion, divorce, and the Holiest of Holies: The Free Market. Yet to define the Catholic Church by the likes of its more recent Popes and
their fellow pederasts is like defining togetherness along the lines of
the Manson Family. In the face of virulent attacks from Rome (most of
them directed by Ratzinger), the magnificent socialist liberations
across Central and South America flow from Liberation Theology as does the
continuing model of the Cuban Revolution.
The timing of the original attacks on the Church, ignited by the child
abuse scandals, has always smelled. One thinks of Chomsky's defense of
government: "There's a lot of things wrong with government, but what the
US Elites hate about it is what is right: that government is reachable
and controllable by the people, that it is the only weapon available
against increasing privatization and inequality." The attempt to destroy
the public face of the Catholic Church -- a jihad coincidentally began
under the most extreme WASP war administration in US history --
emerged to destroy what is right with the Church: its remaining
preference for the poor, its involvement with anti-war, anti-globalist,
anti-capitalist movements across the world.
As far as is known, no part of the Catholic Church is currently engaged
in the destruction of Palestinian and other Middle Eastern cultures,
homes, women, children or old men. Nor is the Church part of the Holy
WASP Capitalist Crusade against the world in places like Iran, Iraq,
Libya, Yemen, Syria, Pakistan or Afghanistan. (Or Greece.) Let's face
it, the buggery of children has gone on forever in the hallowed halls
Yale Skull & Bones
The Council on Foreign Relations
The TriLateral Commission
Sullivan and Cromwell
The Carlyle Group
Lutherans, Calvinists, and Presbyterians
Methodists, Anabaptists, and Anglicans
And all the other WASP bloodsuckers who have caused the deaths of billions of people over the past centuries.
So who could have hoped for someone like this Pope, a man who speaks of tenderness and modesty, the end of capitalism and corporatism, who embraces once again Liberation Theology and the Church's preference for the poor, who prays for the destruction of the "altar of money" and a return to a love of the earth.
Let us embrace him and pray for his safety and for the safety of all those he embraces.