With the retirement of the incredibly annoying Anglican
Rowan Williams in 2012,
there was a vacancy for some motormouth talking nonsense
at the top of Christianity.
Step forward the Catholic Pope Francis, a man who talks first and thinks later.
The Pope is an Argentine nationalist, which suggests he will have crap politics on many topics.
The Pope's disgusting views on the Falklands.
As a Cardinal in 2012 he said at a service for Argentine soldiers who died in the Falklands War:
"We come to pray for all who have fallen, sons of the homeland who went out to defend their mother, the homeland, and to reclaim what is theirs, that is of the homeland, and it was usurped."
In 2009 he described the Falklands as:
"this land which is ours
... the native soil."
As an atheist with no interest in the absurd doctrines of Catholicism, I ultimately must agree
with a comment here:
"Well he's wrong about a lot of things, so it's no surprise he's wrong about the Falklands as well."
After a year of brutal jihad attacks on Europe, the Pope
denies there is an Islamic terrorism problem.
He says all religions have terrorism.
And then his examples are things that are not terrorism.
"I don't like to speak of Islamic violence, because every day, when I browse the newspapers, I see violence, here in Italy
... this one who has murdered his girlfriend, another who has murdered the mother-in-law
... and these are baptized Catholics! There are violent Catholics! If I speak of Islamic violence, I must speak of Catholic violence
... I believe that in pretty much every religion there is always a small group of fundamentalists.
... I do not believe it is right to identify Islam with violence."
He then both denies the root cause of jihad terrorism,
and also says that capitalism is terrorism!
"Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person ... this is already the first terrorism! You have cast out the wonder of creation ... and you have put money in its place. This is a basic terrorism against all of humanity!"
What a confident, know-nothing idiot.
Pope Francis is truly one of the world's leading fools.
Pope Francis defends communism, Nov 2016:
"if anything, it is the communists who think like Christians.
Christ spoke of a society where the poor, the weak and the marginalized have the right to decide."
As if "the poor" and "the weak" get to decide anything in a communist society!
The Pope is simply a defender of evil.
The Pope talks about "climate change" and massively over-generalises.
If you want left-wing politics and over-generalised slogans, the Pope is your man.
From here, 18 June 2015.
"The spirit of curiosity generates confusion and distances a person from the Spirit of wisdom, which brings peace, said Pope Francis in his homily during Thursday morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta."
The crazy holy man said it was wrong:
"when we want to be the masters of the projects of God, of the future, of things, to know everything, to have everything in hand ...
The spirit of curiosity distances us from the Spirit of wisdom because all that interests us is the details, the news, the little stories of the day.
And the spirit of curiosity is not a good spirit. It is the spirit of dispersion, of distancing oneself from God, the spirit of talking too much. And Jesus also tells us something interesting: this spirit of curiosity, which is worldly, leads us to confusion."
Ironically, without curiosity, Christianity would never have started:
In Acts 17,
is in the great old city of
and discovers both scepticism and curiosity.
As he explains
the ludicrous new religion of Christianity,
"certain philosophers of the Epicureans, and of the Stoics"
"What will this babbler say?"
But others want to know more,
because of that wonderful Athenian curiosity.
"For all the Athenians and strangers which were there spent their time in nothing else, but either to tell, or to hear some new thing."
Paul doesn't seem to admire that curiosity much.
Talk about ingratitude!
In the same speech
as the previous (!)
he asks why didn't the Allies bomb the railway lines to Auschwitz.
I thought weapons were evil?
Make your mind up!
Pope Francis comes out against a US strike on Assad's Syria, 2 Sept 2013:
"War never again! Never again war!" I criticise the Pope
to his face:
"Are you the same fellow who defended the Falklands invasion by Argentina?"
I'm still waiting for a reply.
The Pope in June 2015 complains
that the Allies did not bomb the railway to Auschwitz.
But look at how he phrases it:
"The great powers had photographs of the railways that brought trains to concentration camps
But tell me, why didn't they bomb them? The great powers, they divided Europe like a cake."
What? This is the language of Russia Today, of David Duke, of conspiracy theory websites.
It is the morally deficient language of someone who does not recognise that the US and UK
spent blood and treasure for years fighting and destroying the Nazis,
and liberating as much of Europe as they could,
while your organisation, Pope Francis, your organisation was neutral.
The Pope said:
"The freedom of expression ... Every one of us has not just the freedom, the right, but also the obligation to say what he thinks to help build the common good. ... We have the obligation to freely have this liberty,
but without offending. ... But, if Dr. Gasbarri, my great friend, says something against my mother,
he can expect a punch. It's normal. It's normal.
You cannot provoke, you cannot insult the faith of others, you cannot make fun of the faith. ... So many people speak against others' religions. They make fun of them. ... But they are provoking, and what can happen is what I said about Dr. Gasbarri if he says something about my mother. There is a limit. Every religion has dignity; I cannot mock a religion that respects human life and the human person. And this is a limit."
Shameful. What a disgraceful speech.
The sooner the church gets new leadership the better.
(Brian Keith Dalton)
responds in a video called
"Fuck The Pope!"
He is very rude, but the Pope is asking for it.
"Fuck you, asshole.
I not only can make fun of the faith of others,
I do it professionally, you sick, totalitarian bastard.
Your claim to be connected to some higher power gets you no pass from criticism, ridicule and mockery,
you self-important jerkwad.
So fuck you, Pope Francis, you terrorist sympathiser.
I will mock the faith of others all I want.
That is my right as a human being.
That's it. You stupid hat-wearing son of a bitch."
Placards at a disgusting
anti-Charlie Hebdo march in London, Feb 2015.
The Pope is now inspiring Islamic threats of violence.
Is this the worst Pope of my lifetime?
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.