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Losing Patience With the New Pope
Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Brent Bozell

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: argentina; contraception; cristinafernandez; cristinakirchner; dianesawyer; popebenedictxvi; popefrancis; popefrancisi; romancatholic; romancatholicism; women

1 posted on 03/20/2013 2:29:33 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Thanks be to God.


2 posted on 03/20/2013 2:37:10 AM PDT by major-pelham
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To: Kaslin

Deutsch and Snyderman are Jewish...they need to concentrate on their OWN religion.


3 posted on 03/20/2013 2:37:53 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Kaslin
The world is shocked. The pope turned out to be Catholic.

The media evidenced the same shock with Pope Benedict.

4 posted on 03/20/2013 2:59:13 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq He could sure play that axe. RIP anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin

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.


5 posted on 03/20/2013 3:08:43 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Kaslin

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.


6 posted on 03/20/2013 3:16:38 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: 1010RD

“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.


7 posted on 03/20/2013 3:20:40 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kaslin

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.


8 posted on 03/20/2013 3:30:04 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Rummyfan
Hey you... good to see you!

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.

9 posted on 03/20/2013 3:30:06 AM PDT by Northern Yankee (Where Liberty dwells, there is my Country. - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Kaslin

Is Argentina really “third world”?


10 posted on 03/20/2013 3:48:59 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: Kaslin

The election of this Pope proves the phase,”Seperation of Church and State”.


11 posted on 03/20/2013 4:00:12 AM PDT by marygam (I have extra ducktape for anyone who needs to wrap their head.)
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To: Kaslin
This is the kind of general hostility to religion that makes people turn the channel.

That was my response.

Found nothing much better and then turned it to MEtv.

12 posted on 03/20/2013 4:09:03 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Is Detroit?


13 posted on 03/20/2013 4:09:34 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Northern Yankee
I love this Pope. He's a great selection for our church.

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.”


14 posted on 03/20/2013 4:15:23 AM PDT by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going...)
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To: Elsie

You’ve given me an excuse to introduce a new book . . .

FRICTION FICTION: Fairy Tales From the Dark Side of Same-Sex Marriage and Its Fruits, by Norm Alcy.

. . . and mention it in tagline. Thank you.


15 posted on 03/20/2013 4:48:01 AM PDT by Fester Chugabrew (FRICTION FICTION: Fairy Tales From the Dark Side of Same-Sex Marriage and Its Fruits, by Norm Alcy.)
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To: Kaslin
NBC medical correspondent Dr. Nancy Snyderman lectured the new pope that "poverty without birth control begets more poverty.

No, Dr. Dimwit, rotten government, usually "progressive" government, begets more poverty. In the early United States, with good government, large families built wealth.

16 posted on 03/20/2013 5:15:19 AM PDT by Tax-chick ("Another Catholic Pope! It must be some kind of conspiracy!" ~Homer_J_Simpson)
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To: Ann Archy

“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.

IMHO


17 posted on 03/20/2013 5:33:56 AM PDT by ripley
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To: ripley

Then they should DEFINITELY concentrate on that “religion”!!!


18 posted on 03/20/2013 5:36:39 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: kearnyirish2

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”.


19 posted on 03/20/2013 5:37:30 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: ripley

“IMHO”

Your humble opinion is dead on to the truth.
They are Humanists who worship humans in high office.


20 posted on 03/20/2013 5:38:25 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: Kaslin

“Poverty without birth control begets more poverty.”

Tell that to Argentina, whose birth rates point towards a European-style cratering.


21 posted on 03/20/2013 7:33:41 AM PDT by dangus (Poverty cannot be eradicated as long as the poor remain dependent on the state - Pope Francis)
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To: Rummyfan
The world is shocked. The Pope turned out to be Catholic.

Today's MSM people cannot get the simplest cliché right. The question remains

Is a Bear Catholic?
Does The Pope Crap in the Woods?

The idiot-child Lauer, having attended Ohio State in Athens, obviously knows more about the woods than about Catholics.

22 posted on 03/20/2013 9:45:12 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (The Obama Molecule: Teflon binds with Melanin = No Criminal Charges Stick)
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To: MrB

Good point; I stand corrected. We have degenerated into Holland...


23 posted on 03/21/2013 2:54:36 AM PDT by kearnyirish2 (Affirmative action is economic war against white males (and therefore white families).)
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To: Kaslin

IMHO, this just shows how self-important these talking heads deem themselves. Full of sound and fury...


24 posted on 03/21/2013 3:04:36 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Ann Archy
Deutsch and Snyderman are Jewish

From the article:

Snyderman is an Episcopalian,

25 posted on 03/21/2013 3:12:13 AM PDT by EnquiringMind
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To: EnquiringMind

Thanks, but it doesn’t change what I said about them worrying abouth their OWN RELIGION!!!


26 posted on 03/21/2013 5:11:06 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy

I believe she is Episcopalian


27 posted on 03/21/2013 5:29:43 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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To: Kaslin

got it,then she should REALLY worry about HER religion.


28 posted on 03/21/2013 5:31:40 AM PDT by Ann Archy
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To: Ann Archy
Yeah I saw it after I posted it.

She sure should, but then she is a liberal and as everyone knows Liberals are hypocrites

29 posted on 03/21/2013 6:09:20 AM PDT by Kaslin (He needed the ignorant to reelect him, and he got them. Now we all have to pay the consequenses)
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