Francis is stupid. He has the brain of a slow man without an education ranting at the pub. Only add microphones, and journalists.
Among the many senseless statements of the Pope there is the – recently repeated in Turin, but not new at all – sweeping condemnation of the arms industry.
Firstly, the common sense: to condemn weapons as evil is as intelligent as to condemn Nutella, or kitchen knives, as evil. Yes, you can kill yourself with Nutella: but this makes you stupid, not Nutella evil. Yes, you can butcher people with kitchen knives, but this makes you, not the knife, evil.
But let us look at the Gospel:
Jesus states he has not come to bring peace, he has come with a sword. (Mt 10:34). It is clear even to my cat that the sword here has an extremely positive connotation. The sword is, symbolically, what Christ brings to us.
Poor Francis is and old nincompoop. If he weren’t, he would notice the huge statue of St. Michael the Archangel at the top of Castel Sant’Angelo. Brandishing a huge sword.
Jesus also ordered the Disciples to buy swords, at the cost of having to sell their cloak if needs be.
But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one
It is obvious even to my cat that Jesus does not have anything against either weapons used as self-defence, or entire armies.
He actually even speaks of twelve legions of angels, directly referring to the Roman military structures (Mt 26:52). He could have said great multitudes, he said twelve legions. You are supposed to think of a huge, well-ordered, perfectly efficient, absolutely deadly army of angels, not simply “a great quantity of them”.
I have long thought alcohol may play a role in the ramblings of this man, and I have not changed my mind. However, when the man goes so far as to write an encyclical full of extremist rants and third-hand, fully discredited fake “science” you know that he does not need fernet to talk like an idiot, because in his sober state he fulfills the requirements brilliantly.
By the by, I have read a beautiful article about the sophisticated weapons of the Swiss Guard (The site? Arms.com! Oh the irony!) , and their training not only with modern firearms, but even with the old ones. These are people who could hack an aggressor with their own short swords, or make of them “aggressor on a stick” with their pikes, in no times. Using… what, again?
Summa summarum? If you ask Francis, Jesus was evil. Armies protecting our freedom and property are evil. Those who protect Francis himself are evil. Those who sold weapons to all of the above mentioned are evil.
But Francis, who profits of the very weapons defending him; he is, as you all all know, humble and good.
Once again, the utterly disquieting theology of the Bishop of Rome has come to the fore.
It is clear that to this man damnation is not a possibility concerning the quisque de populo. “Normal” homosexual priests, or adulterous spouses, do not comply with the minimum requirements to merit damnation. To them, the “slap in the wrist”-theory applies.
This, Francis extends outside of the Catholic, even of the Christian religion.
The result? Muslim should hang on to their Korans and receive his message of congratulation for their beautiful spirituality at Ramadan; Jews should be reminded to eat kosher; and Atheist should be encouraged to follow their conscience.
If most people are saved, is there any necessity to convert others to Catholicism? No, no, no!
If most people are saved, Proselytism is a solemn foolishness.
If most people are saved, Christ does not have to be brought to them; because you see, they are already pretty much there, on Christ’s side, where they are! They are whenever they hold on to their Korans, eat kosher, and follow their conscience!
If most people are saved, and if they are saved irrespective of their faith, or lack thereof, salvation isn’t really an issue and therefore proselytism a waste of time. If most people are saved, then peace, harmony, social justice, and synchronised Tambourine play must take precedence. If Christ is everywhere, there’s no need to bring him anywhere. If mortal sin has been all but abolished, being Catholic has been made all but superfluous.
If most people are saved, who isn’t?
Those Francis really doesn’t like, he appears. Mafiosi are, we are told, not saved; though why the adulteress should go to communion and Don Francesco down in Trapani should not has not been explained. I am now informed arms producers are also going to be damned. A strange proposition in a country, like Italy, where the defence industry is in large part in state hands, and the citizens are therefore all arms producers. A strange proposition also for anyone older than six, then one wonders why on earth to produce a tank should be more of a sin than to produce a kitchen knife, a baseball bat, and the countless other objects with which evil people can do harm. With the important difference that seriously evil people will not be stopped by your knives, much less baseball bats. But do you think this man is grateful to the countless people working for other people’s security, individual as well as collective? ‘Course not. It does not tingle the worst instinct of the mob, you see. Of the same mob who in great part owe their freedom to those very arms the Bishop of Rome finds to sinful.
There isn’t much Christianity in Francis. Rather, there is a lot of rehashed Gandhi-cum-Dalai-Lama, a mix of New Age and Woodstock mentality that would have been painful in 1969 and is utterly comical today, after traumatic attacks to the West’s liberty and way of life had to be countered with something more robust than cutlery, or off-the-cuff papal sermons. Still, this does not prevent the man from criticising weapons as bad. Those same weapons, mind, who have saved his well-nourished backside from Communist dictatorship.
Francis has the depth of a Coca Cola ad, without having any of the (possible) youth and freshness. His senseless slogans and patronising, superficial, more than vaguely populist rants are thinking-free waffle for the brain-free. He is the apostle of the common place, the paladin of the easy slogan, and the undisputed Platitude King.
Enough with Pope Dalai The Humble.