Skip to comments.Losing Patience With the New Pope
Posted on 03/20/2013 2:29:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
Many millions of Catholics around the world were joyous with the naming of a new pope -- a holy man from the Third World no less. Even in choosing his name, Pope Francis is emphasizing a devotion to the poor, and humility in his clothing and manners.
The liberal media should be lapping this up. There was an accurate recounting of the global rejoicing, especially in Argentina. There were hopeful words about his pastoral modesty. But as the day came for the pope to be installed, the natural secular liberal nastiness toward the oldest Christian faith bubbled up in demands for "tolerance" and women's liberation.
On the March 18 "Today," co-host Matt Lauer noted the simplicity of Pope Francis -- and then tried to suggest it was extreme. "So a lot of people like this move to simplicity, a move to the poor. Is it possible to take it too far?" If Benedict enjoyed revisiting the more regal historic Vatican garb, that was extreme. More humility? Also quite possibly extreme.
This is the kind of general hostility to religion that makes people turn the channel. The networks try to restrain themselves when the ever-necessary eyeballs are flocking to the TV set to see the Vatican news. But seemingly they can't hold out forever. Ultimately, they revert to sounding like jerks.
All three of NBC's regular "Today's Professionals" panelists agreed. Advertising man Donny Deutsch insisted this was a victory of style over substance. "It's great to do all of this style stuff, man of the people. But, and we've talked about this ad nauseam, until the Catholic Church starts to address what we all know are the real issues the Church has, which is the real concern of the people, this stuff doesn't matter. It doesn't matter."
Liberals demand that the Catholic Church bow to their infallible instincts. You can't just dress humbly, preach the gospel and serve the poor. You have to grant indulgences to the feminists, the homosexuals and the contraceptive industry.
NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman lectured the new pope that "poverty without birth control begets more poverty. ... This is a chance to take the humility and the poverty and say now we're really going to talk about this in a civilized way and move it forward." Deutsch added: "And we can talk about tolerance with gays and attitudes towards women." Snyderman threw in "And women in the Church."
If only the Vatican had thought of that.
Is there anything funnier than a couple of pompous NBC millionaires lecturing the pope about poverty and humility?
One of the last times Snyderman addressed Catholics came during her short-lived MSNBC daytime show in 2009. She was furious anyone would object to funding abortion in Obamacare. "The Catholic bishops appearing and having a political voice seems to be a most fundamental violation of (separation of?) church and state." Snyderman is an Episcopalian, so she thinks her church lecturing America for gay and female bishops and gay marriage and abortion rights would never breach the wall of church-state separation. There's no wall of separation needed, just a hug of ideological purity.
On Monday night, the networks exploited Pope Francis meeting amiably with the leftist president of his home country. On ABC's "World News," reporter Ron Claiborne described the two sides of a cultural war: "Cristina Kirchner stands for a new view of a changing world -- embracing gay marriage, sex education in schools, free contraceptives in hospitals." He added, "But when (Pope Francis) was a cardinal in Argentina, Kirchner described his social views as medieval." Claiborne didn't call Kirchner a leftist. The code word for leftist is "new," as in "modern and fashionable." Claiborne warned the new pope would lose the current good feeling, since what "the world is just beginning to learn is how conservative he is on social issues."
The world is shocked. The pope turned out to be Catholic.
In case viewers didn't get the point, anchor Diane Sawyer repeated that the Argentinian president "once called his views medieval." On "NBC Nightly News," reporter Anne Thompson checked the same rhetorical boxes: "As archbishop of Buenos Aires, the pope opposed many social programs that Kirchner endorsed, including gay marriage and free contraception. ... She, in turn, had accused him of holding positions that she said were medieval, harkening back to the Inquisition."
This is how silly these TV news attacks are: President Obama opposed same-sex marriage until last May. Why was it not "medieval" and like the Inquisition for Obama to hold that position in 2012?
The obvious difference is that the pope will not change his position with secular media pressure like Obama did. Everyone who will bow to the libertine left is honored. Those who won't are just hopelessly gauche, crossing their own foreheads on the ash heap of history.
Thanks be to God.
Deutsch and Snyderman are Jewish...they need to concentrate on their OWN religion.
The media evidenced the same shock with Pope Benedict.
Anyone with high moral standards would seem extreme to a liberal. They don’t connect their present liberty with Christian moral values of tolerance and respect for God’s creation.
I believe that each liberal should get a chance to live in Northwestern Pakistan for six weeks and then be given the chance to return to America, if they want to.
It is high time Catholics realized they are the enemies of the secular Western culture; there are Church positions which will always be the target of “media outrage” on which there can be no flexibility (abortion, divorce/remarriage, male clergy, etc.).
It is high time the Catholic hierarchy came to terms with this as well, and dropped the charade.
“Anyone with high moral standards would seem extreme to a liberal.”
Anyone with ANY moral standards is extreme to liberals; they think anyone should be allowed to perform sexual acts in public restrooms, and if you don’t agree you’re a hater.
Contraception: Yeah that works great. If it works so great why are we needing abortions?
These people didn’t want a Pope they wanted an Obama clone.
I love this Pope. He's a great selection for our church.
BTW... my family is coming over to England and Ireland in July. We will spend a week in London before heading over to Dublin and Shannon. Really looking forward to the visit to our cousins across the pond.
Is Argentina really “third world”?
The election of this Pope proves the phase,”Seperation of Church and State”.
That was my response.
Found nothing much better and then turned it to MEtv.
He sounds like an excellant choice to head (well; after Christ) your church. As a Protestant; I wish him well in leading others to the saving knowledge of Jesus; and to the daunting task of following Scripture:
1 Corinthians 5:9-14 (niv)
9 I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral people 10 not at all meaning the people of this world who are immoral, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters. In that case you would have to leave this world. 11 But now I am writing to you that you must not associate with anyone who claims to be a brother or sister but is sexually immoral or greedy, an idolater or slanderer, a drunkard or swindler. Do not even eat with such people.
12 What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? 13 God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked person from among you.
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No, Dr. Dimwit, rotten government, usually "progressive" government, begets more poverty. In the early United States, with good government, large families built wealth.
“Deutsch and Snyderman are Jewish...they need to concentrate on their OWN religion.”
Their “OWN” religion is probably secular, with tenets dreamed up by the Progressive-billionaire branch of the brilliant intellectual movement that worships humans in high office.
Then they should DEFINITELY concentrate on that “religion”!!!
ah ah ah!
Hold on there for a minute. The left has “moral standards”, they just are the opposite of Christian moral standards.
It may be OK to them to have homo sex in a public restroom in front of kids, or WITH kids,
but it’s NOT OK to criticize it.
That’s a moral standard. That’s judging right and wrong for themselves (See Gen 3:4-5).
It’s just a Satanic “moral standard”.
Your humble opinion is dead on to the truth.
They are Humanists who worship humans in high office.
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