But what's really bothering me is the latest missive regarding Francis' personal views on weapons and manufacturers:
People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday.Um, no. They would be hypocrites if they called themselves Christians but did not accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their savior. Full stop. There is nothing unchristian about manufacturing a piece of metal, and it's complete and utter lunacy to suggest otherwise. Knives, bats, tire irons, automobiles, gasoline; the list is endless of items that can and have been used to kill our fellow humans.
It gets worse:
He also criticised those who invest in weapons industries, saying “duplicity is the currency of today ... they say one thing and do another.”Excuse me, but isn't he bearing false witness? He's extrapolating mal intent on the part of someone who might invest in a weapon-related industry and assigning a sin to them - duplicity, a.k.a. lying. For starters, pretty much every major company has ties to someone that makes weapons. Folks that worked for GE - heck, folks that work for Home Depot, where GE appliances are sold - are they all hypocrites and liars?
And let's not even get into the vast array of weaponry issued to the Pope's Vatican Guard.
In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the guard added bolt-action rifles, like the German K98 Mauser, and early automatic pistols to the arsenal. Guardsmen later trained on SIG submachine guns. Today, the soldiers have access to an assortment of compact automatic weapons guns like the HK MP-5 and Steyr TMP, as well as SIG assault rifles and Glock pistols.Submachine guns, assault rifles, and high capacity handguns. Those are the weapons issued to the soldiers tasked with guarding Pope Francis. Are the men sworn to defend His Holiness not Christians? Do they get a pass, like American police officers being exempt from NFA regulations or cops in NY being able to load more than 7 rounds in a magazine?
And don't even get me started on the absolute FLAMING hypocrisy of the media. NOW, the Catholic faith is relevant. What the Pope has to say is front page news, and they're cheering lustily when the Pope is taking holy swings at gun control and global warming deniers. It's in stark contrast to the seemingly endless number of reports a few years back about abuse in the Church - oh, the media couldn't hate hard enough, and in this case, rightfully so.
A more skeptical person might question Francis' motives for eagerly aiding and abetting his new "friends" in the media.
But I digress. I take this quite personally. I've struggled with my own faith for many years - I do firmly believe in a higher power, and in His son Jesus Christ, but I do *not* trust fallible men to interpret His will. Throughout all of recorded human history, stories of men using religion as a cudgel abound, and any time you expect mortal, fallible humans to faithfully interpret His will, you are setting yourself up for disappointment.
But to hear the Pope - the head of the damn Church - giving such inflammatory, hateful speeches? Impugning my Christianity? Telling me I'm being duplicitous? Pardon me, Pope Francis, but you have no place here, sir. And, quite frankly, it disturbs me how judgmental you are being - you know, all that "judge not, lest ye be judged" business. Without knowing me, without knowing what kind of person I am, what kind of *Christian* I am, you have pronounced me a hypocrite based solely on my line of work.
Most of the responses I can craft would most likely lead to my excommunication. But you know what? If my Church is going to be hijacked by a leftist pandering to the extremists in the media, I'm not certain that's a bad thing. Because, frankly, I want nothing to do with an organization fronted by someone that would eagerly and willingly throw me - and the thousands of wonderful people in many organizations I know - under the bus.
For now, I urge my fellow Christians to do the one thing that has always gotten the Church to take notice: Stop donating. I fully intend to let my church know that, bearing in mind what the Pope has to say about me and my Christianity, that I cannot in good conscience fund their efforts. If enough of us send enough letters, and more importantly stop filling coffers, perhaps the next group the Pope decides to toss under the leftist bus will get out before they become wheel chocks.
In closing, can you impeach a Pope?
That is all.