Pope Francis Deservedly Is ‘Time’ Person Of The Year — Many Will Applaud, As They Should; U.S. Conservative Catholics Might Be Cringing.
.by Anura Guruge
As I always point out these days, at the very top of most posts, I have a unique ‘claim’ on this pope in that, unlike ANYBODY else, I cited him, in print, in my 2011‘The Next Pope 2011‘, as one of the Top 10 papabili. So I can truly say this is ‘my pope’.
I do like him. As a papal historian who knows more about papal history that I really should he amuses me. And that is always a bonus.
In reality, so far, he has really been a superficial, all ‘PR’ little of tangible substance, pope. But, that is OK. He is indeed a breath of fresh air and he has, indubitably, made millions very happy.
But, those that understand the vagaries of the worldwide Catholic world and the workings of the Vatican do realize that this pope has often skated on very thin ice.
I happen to see a very devout, very conservative local Catholic (and he might even be a Deacon) every Thursday night. Often, if there is time, he will come up and we will talk pope ‘politics’. But here is the funny and most telling part. If he doesn’t have the time he will walk by me and make a point of ‘rolling his eyes’ — given that he knows that I will understand why he is doing so!
So, I join the billions rejoicing Pope Francis, my pope, as the ‘Time’ Person of the Year.
Damn sight better than if they had picked that bloody reprobate ‘Snowdon’.
But, let us not forget that clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church is still here …
Let us not forget that the ‘Vatican Bank‘ is still under suspicion of money laundering …
Let us not forget that this Pope makes some amazingly incongruous, hard to reconcile remarks …
Let us not forget that this Pope continually harps on about charity but is, himself, remarkably cheap ….
Don’t Think Pope Francis Is A Marxist, But He Sure Is Very Cheap For Somebody Who Commands Billions In Tangible Assets.
.by Anura Guruge
>> Charity begins at the Vatican
>> — Nov. 26, 2013.
>> Francis’ gold pallium pins
>> — July 28, 2013.
>> “Prayer of ‘WHY'”
>> — Nov. 21, 2013.
>> To read his exhortation …
>> — Dec. 1, 2013.
>> 100 Day Report Card
>> — Jun. 19, 2013.
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I like this pope. Plus, unlike ANYBODY else, I cited him, in print, in my 2011 ‘The Next Pope 2011‘, as one of the Top 10 papabili.
So, don’t even try and get on your high horse and start accusing me of having a go at the pope etc. Not so. As one of the most prolific papal historians around, all that I am doing is pointing out some hard facts the way they are.
As somebody who is a great believer in charity, I am beyond delighted by this pope’s commitment towards the poor and downtrodden. I can’t be happier.
I am overjoyed that he is trying to eschew the extravagant, lavish, ‘dripping gold’ lifestyle adopted by some popes — especially the last one who was an unashamed dandy.
But, as I pointed out in this 100-day report there is a difference between being a pope for the poor and a ‘poor pope’. This pope is not poor. A modern pope, by definition, is not poor.
A pope has absolute, unfettered, unilateral, uncontested control over billions of liquid and tangible assets.
Compared to a pope, a U.S. President is a powerless, pauper.
The pope has no Congress, judicial branch, re-elections or mid-terms to contend with.
He is not answerable to anyone on Earth!
Then I have also made my point about how charity HAS to begin at the Vatican.
So let us just look at a very public recent example.
The devastating typhoon that crippled the Philippines.
The Philippines is overwhelmingly a Roman Catholic country.
So now let us look at some of the foreign aid provided to the Philippines post typhoon:
So how much do you think the Pope agreed to give?
This is what drives me NUTS about this
$150,000 in aid … to the Philippines … which considers itself the most Catholic of countries?
This pope is cheap!
As I have said so many times till I am brown in the face, this pope can raise a billion dollars in a day by selling 400 random items from around the Vatican.
He claims he is not materialistic.
OK. Show me the proof.
Sell some of the unused, unseen, stacked away in basements, Vatican treasures.
That is all.