The New York Times and its crack reporting staff have found out that “some” of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics are upset with Pope Francis. Shocker: they also uncovered politicians who take the pope’s words out of context. And yes, they found ominous predictions about the fate of the Church…online. Slow clap for the New York Times on its newest piece: Conservative U.S. Catholics Feel Left Out of the Pope’s Embrace.
In the eight months since he became pope, Francis has won affection worldwide for his humble mien and common touch. His approval numbers are skyrocketing. Even atheists are applauding.
But not everyone is so enchanted. Some Catholics in the church’s conservative wing in the United States say Francis has left them feeling abandoned and deeply unsettled. …
Some pointed to a vote on gay marriage just last week in Illinois. Two Catholic state legislators who voted to approve same-sex marriage there cited the words of Pope Francis: “Who am I to judge?” …
Some conservative Catholics are sharing prophecies online that foretell of tribulations for the church. In one, an Irish woman predicted that Benedict would be held hostage. Others cite the German mystic Anne Catherine Emmerich, who wrote of a “relationship between two popes,” one who “lives in a palace other than before,” which some now see as a reference to Benedict, who resigned as pope early this year but still lives in Vatican City. During this time there arises a “false church of darkness.”
Speaking as a conservative Catholic who who reads the social media accounts of my conservative Catholic friends, emails his conservative Catholic brother regularly and talks with his conservative Catholic wife, I have one thing to say: “Bwaaaahahahahaha!”
Do you remember when Pope Francis ran into a guy with neurofibromatosis in a crowd and gave him a great big embrace and a kiss? Neurofibromatosis happens when thousands of tumors grow on your body without control. Yep, totally sounds like the makings of the “false church of darkness.”
Remember when Pope Francis suspended the “bishop of bling,” Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, for spending millions on a mansion in Germany?
[Tebartz-van Elst’s] mansion in Limburg, Germany, where about $40 million was spent on renovations for the since-suspended cleric now known as the “bishop of bling” may soon be “turned into a refugee centre or a soup kitchen for the homeless,” according to reports and other European news outlets.
Church.Of.Darkness. I’m terrified of this pope. What kind of man turns a mansion into a soup kitchen?
Do you remember when the pope needed a new set of wheels and he ended up with a fast and furious 1984 Renault With 186,000 Miles on it? Church.Of.Darkness.
Do you remember when the pope washed the feet of those struggling with drug addiction? Church.Of.Darkness.
If the best the New York Times can come up with these days to smear the Catholic Church is to write lazy articles about ‘some’ conservative Catholics, that means that Pope Francis is doing an amazing job.
The next time the New York Times needs help finding a highly visible politician who regularly takes the Catholic Church’s teachings out of context, I would suggest calling Nancy Pelosi’s office. She’s been doing it for years.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I have someplace to be that doesn’t involve being upset or distraught over the actions of Pope Francis.