From slap to slapdash in 24 hours

HAVING achieved the noteworthy feat on Tuesday of becoming the first Roman pontiff in history to slap a Chinese lady, Pope Francis made violence against women the theme of his New Year’s Day Mass homily on Wednesday. It’s not hard to imagine the PR workshopping that went on behind the scenes to produce the topic. Had he slapped an amputee, the sermon would have essayed the sin of mistreating the limbless. Popes are not supposed to slap women – even importunate oddballs who yank at their arms. A more charitable explanation would be that Francis was making deliberately obvious amends as a preacher for the previous day’s peccadillo. Either way, this pope’s behaviour and utterances are very often strange, nasty, angry, ill-considered and third-rate. He can also be physically aggressive with vulnerable people (as we’ve seen before). What he said to the St Peter’s congregation about women was theologically unobjectionable (albeit laid on a little thick) but when he worked the illegal immigrant angle, out came the nastiness and irrationality:

“Today even motherhood is humiliated, because the only growth that interests us is economic growth,” he said.

“There are mothers, who risk perilous journeys to desperately try to give [their children] a better future and are judged to be redundant by people whose bellies are full of things, but whose hearts are empty of love.”

First, the obvious: for children to have a better future, their mothers are fleeing to countries with economic growth from hellholes with no economic growth. Ergo: economic growth is imperative for establishing and sustaining human dignity. This the pope accidentally admits. Second: most of the so-called refugees fleeing to Europe are not mothers or women. According to the UNHCR, 75 percent of arrivals in Italy are men. For Spain, the figure is 76 percent. If anyone is humiliating and judging women as redundant, it is their own brothers, male cousins and husbands – not Europeans with “bellies full of things.” Third, it is a disgraceful calumny to say that European natives are “empty of love” and only interested in economic growth. They are principally interested in the growth of their children. That means they want to protect the patrimony and the culture of their communities. Those goods – including the rule of law – are being massively assailed by the uncontrolled immigration of men hostile to them. The worst index of that hostility is the rate of sexual assault of European women by ‘refugee’ men in Sweden, Germany and elsewhere.

Lashing out at Europeans won’t do as penance for such unedifying meanness of spirit.

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34 Responses to From slap to slapdash in 24 hours

  1. candy

    I wonder whether he would have slapped an overzealous man? somehow I think a woman was an easier target for his grumpiness and churlishness.

  2. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    He’s an evil hypocritical ol’ fascist.

    News at Eleven.

  3. I sometimes wonder whether he actually believes in God, as he all too often demonstrates all the traits and behaviors of a Leftist atheist.

  4. Cui Bono

    She was rude. He reacted as anyone would. As a South American he does try to pull down Europeans

  5. stackja

    CB – Following the script.

  6. miltonf

    Cranky Frankie really is an old stinker

  7. Crossie

    bemused
    #3278696, posted on January 2, 2020 at 7:19 pm
    I sometimes wonder whether he actually believes in God, as he all too often demonstrates all the traits and behaviors of a Leftist atheist.

    I have come to the conclusion that he either does not believe or does not understand his job as the Pope. On several occasions now I have read where he emphasised in interviews that he would never try to convert anyone.

    If he believed in Christ being the vehicle to eternal salvation then he must do his best to try to help as many people as possible to join the Church.

  8. Crossie

    As a South American he does try to pull down Europeans

    Yes, hardly the Christian spirit.

    Cardinal Robert Sarah would be a worthy successor to John Paul II and Benedict 16 and it has nothing to do with him being black and from Africa, he is theologically sound. Then we can pretend that Cranky Franki never happened.

  9. herodotus

    Spot on re Europe and the influx of hostiles C.L.
    It’s so rarely mentioned in the MSM.
    Conspiracy of the “accessories” before, during and after the fact.

  10. Spurgeon Monkfish III

    Then we can pretend that Cranky Franki never happened

    Pretend away. Those of us with decades ol’ grudges against “the church”* have the memories of elephants.

    *As opposed to Christianity, being a somewhat flexible and inevitably ill defined concept, able to be exploited by the likes the argentinian marxist imbecile identified above.

  11. Ivan Denisovich

    Either way, this pope’s behaviour and utterances are very often strange, nasty, angry, ill-considered and third-rate.

    More on this pope and his mission:

    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/4696-papal-politician-down-with-presidente-bergoglio

  12. Gab

    Insightful, CL. It’s obvious but only after having read your post.

  13. Muddy

    I rarely comment on religion, however if one were to reword the Pope’s comments on ‘refugee’ mothers, one might say something like:

    “If your community is not as would like it to be; if you do not profit from the society in which you exist: Discard it. Flee from imperfection and discard those who are unable to flee as you can. Leave behind those who are begging for compassion and assistance; close your eyes to what you and others who have fled, might have done had you stayed. Keep your love for yourself and your own; let others sacrifice themselves. Find a paradise where you have contributed nothing, and pick the fruit from its trees as you like.”

  14. Astrid van den Akker-Luttmer

    Yes, this event has got the world’s attention all around in the various media circuses. What we actually saw was: 1) The Pope being pulled back by a woman who felt neglected, how did he dare to do that to HER!
    2) The Pope instinctively reacting to this naughty (should have been submissive to him) person in a punishing way.
    For point 1) It shows a selfish greedy person, thinking very highly of herself. For point 2) It shows this Pope is not like Jesus.
    Both just being human characters is it not?

  15. Scott Osmond

    Is the pope catholic? Not this one. By all the things he’s said and done he’s a follower of the heretical liberation theology endemic in many places of the world. I wish the catholics of the world well. Remember it only took 12 last time.

  16. Tel

    Whatever is God playing at?

    Must be testing our faith.

  17. Shane

    Considering that his positive role in bad mouthing Trump during the 2016 election, showed how good Frank’s instincts are at picking winners, its enough to say “Frankie aint my pontiff” & simply point out the obvious i.e that this supreme pontiff is nowhere as smart as he thinks he is.
    Also didnt a long time atheist mate of Frankie recently publish private conversations with Frankie where Frank re interprets the empty tomb as not a physical bodily resurrection but rather more on the lines of a Casper like form.
    With thinking like this at the very top, its pretty clear Islam, ( with the current program of population replacement in Europe ), is going to be a lot more easily accomodated with this new revelation of Chrislam.

  18. J.H.

    Damn well said Currencylad.

    This Pope is a Socialist, not a Catholic.

  19. Mother Lode

    The boorish old socialist Argie likes people in the abstract as a collective but seems to recoil from them as individuals – ranks upon ranks of shambling sacks of mucus and fluids, riddled with diseases, blotched and sagging skin, running eyes, weeping sores, halitosis, scabs, scars, stumps, misshapenness, and their own petty thoughts.

    They are unworthy and fall far short of the dignity of the collective.

    I would like to think these outbursts of temper is the job overwhelming him and presages either breakdown or retirement.

    It is always an insurmountable obstacle for a socialist not to have access to firing squads.

  20. Nob

    He’s a Jesuit.

    They always argue themselves into atheism.

  21. Elizabeth (Lizzie) Beare

    When can he be retired?

    Till then, he is best safely ignored.

  22. Entropy

    Argentinian’s have no right whatsoever to ever try to lecture anyone, anyone at all, about economics and the rule of law. Absolutely shameless.

  23. Iampeter

    First, the obvious: for children to have a better future, their mothers are fleeing to countries with economic growth from hellholes with no economic growth.

    Yea but we need to stop this nasty piece of Open Borders business.

    All in all, I’m not sure what your issue is with this Pope. He’s a good Christian, which means a good Marxist/Environmentalist/any-anti-human-cultist.

  24. Amused

    The Chinese lady grabbing him was a simple misunderstanding.

    She thought he was a tin of baby formula.

  25. All in all, I’m not sure what your issue is with this Pope. He’s a good Christian, which means a good Marxist/Environmentalist/any-anti-human-cultist.

    No you’re lying.

    Several encyclicals outline the immorality and practical impossibilities of socialism.

  26. PB

    She was typically Chinese pushy and rude. He is a f***g anti-Pope. They deserve each other.

  27. PB

    “The Chinese lady grabbing him was a simple misunderstanding.

    She thought he was a tin of baby formula.”

    Like button leaned on….

  28. Anonandon

    Iampeter is not lying. He is ignorant.

  29. OldOzzie

    Nob
    #3279052, posted on January 3, 2020 at 3:45 am
    He’s a Jesuit.

    They always argue themselves into atheism.

    Not only Jesuits.

    Reminds me of Rector at St John’s College Sydney Uni when I was at John’s

    Dr. John Burnheim, a former Professor of Philosophy at St. Columba’s Seminary, Springwood, and Rector of St. John’s College, in the University of Sydney, left the Catholic Church in 1968, after 18 years in the priesthood, becoming a lecturer in philosophy and ultimately Professor of General Philosophy at Sydney University.

    [image]Burnheim has just published a very easy to read autobiography, “To Reason Why: From Religion to Philosophy and Beyond” – unfortunately not yet available electronically.

    the link is an electronic copy of the book

    It is not the story of a man going through a Herculean struggle with his faith, and finally coming out agnostic or atheist at the other end. It is rather that of a man who quietly reasoned his way out of the Church, and who prefers not to describe himself by the negative, “atheist”, but by something more positive, a “secular humanist”.

    His descriptions of his early Catholic upbringing and seminary life are both interesting and typical for the immediate post war period. He was one of many who flocked to seminaries and religious houses straight out of Catholic schools, convinced that they were going to make a better world.

    In some ways the apologetics of the period contained the seeds of its own destruction that led eventually to the massive exit from the pews from the seventies onwards. Faith was necessary but,

    “…understanding was important, both for its intrinsic value as truth and its role in showing unbelievers that there were sound objective grounds for believing. It was not just a matter of personal feelings or opinions, as most people assumed. What mattered was to ground one’s life on what was objectively true. As Catholic apologists put it to heretics of all sorts, ‘you worship God in your way, but we worship him in his.'”

    Despite this philosophy of “objective truth”, the seminary authorities were very distrustful of any signs of independence in thought.

    “The root source of most error was intellectual pride, the urge to put one’s own judgment above that of everybody else. Pride was the worst of all sins, the sin of Lucifer himself, and intellectual pride was the source of all error, the basic spiritual evil, compared to which the sins of the flesh were relatively innocuous.”

    Burnheim points out, in fairness, that this sort of suspicions of independent thinking was not restricted to the seminary.

    “Awful as it sounds today, this regime was only an extreme instance of much educational practice at the time, especially in Australia. A great deal of professional education was devoted to rote learning of facts and terminology without any critical understanding…At Sydney University, the philosophical radical, John Anderson, dictated his lectures to students who were then expected to take them down and regurgitate them in examinations.”

    Burnheim describes how his lectures in philosophy at St. Columba’s seminary were in Latin, from mouldy Latin text published in Rome. But the lecturers usually broke out into English explanations which,

    “..failed completely to show why anybody would be interested in this stuff, except as the professional mumbo-jumbo that all professions seemed to need to exclude lay people from intruding into their domains.”

    His book To Reason Why: From Religion to Philosophy and Beyond linked above, is a good read from a Philosophical viewpoint

  30. OldOzzie

    Meanwhile Normal Continues – Who Needs Bushfires?

    Police, residents in fear as Aurukun mob mayhem follows stabbing

    Charlie Peel
    Journalist

    The torching of six homes and a marauding group of about 250 ­locals wielding spears and makeshift weapons forced Queensland police to send reinforcements to the remote indigenous community of Aurukun following a stabbing death on New Year’s Day.

    The stabbing touched off simmering tensions in the troubled community, sparking revenge ­attacks over a 37-year-old’s death. An enraged mob armed with spears, axes, star pickets, spear guns and timber planks roamed the streets on Wednesday night, targeting family and friends of two teenagers later charged with murder.

    People were forced to cower in their homes as the town of 1300 was ransacked. The group marched on the local airport in search of the teens, mistakenly believing police had them there.

    Police and security guards were forced to defend the local medical clinic where the victim was taken in an unconscious condition after the stabbing about 3.30pm on Wednesday.

    Six homes were gutted by ­deliberately lit fires and another two were so badly vandalised they were uninhabitable. Fearing for their lives, the alleged murderers, aged 17 and 18, “willingly surrendered” to police, who took them to Weipa, 100km north.

    The 18-year-old appeared in Cairns Magistrates Court via telephone link on Thursday but did not enter a plea.

    Police said the situation in Auru­kun remained “volatile” and there was “every chance” of further violence. Authorities and ­locals said illegal sly grog in the dry community has contributed to escalating tension in the past year, particularly in recent weeks.

    Far north police Superintendent Geoff Sheldon said the situation escalated after the stabbing when a pack of about 60 people targeted the clinic, where they also mistakenly believed the alleged murderers had been taken.

    He said police and security were able to repel “quite a full-on entry attempt” and protect nursing staff.

    The group reassembled and swelled in numbers and “all armed, all aggressive” went from “house to house” in search of the perpetrators.

    “This became quite a violent confrontation at each and every residence,” Superintendent Sheldon said. “People were assaulted, property was damaged, property was set alight on front lawns.

    “It became a vengeance-­seeking exercise.”

    The situation became so ­volatile that police were forced to retreat from the crime scene.

    Superintendent Sheldon said police efforts to focus on public safety were fruitless.

    There were no serious injuries reported on Thursday. Police said a number of people in the violent group were intoxicated.

    In the lead-up to New Year’s Eve, police seized 65 700ml ­bottles of rum — which sell for up to $250 on the black market — on its way into Aurukun.

  31. OldOzzie

    Oops Apologies Wrong Thread

  32. Iampeter

    No you’re lying.

    Several encyclicals outline the immorality and practical impossibilities of socialism.

    Yea and lots of Marxists say communism hasn’t been done properly yet. You all sound the same, except communists are ultimately less confused about their actual positions.

  33. Old Lefty

    Thanks Old Ozzie for the excerpts from Burnheim. He sums up John Anderson perfectly; the great atheist free thinker who, having chaired the Free Thought Society for years, shut it down when some of the members had the audacity to question his views. See Jim Franklin’s Corrupting the Youth.

    The student bit on the side who became, under Anderson’s patronage, Sydney’s fist female philosophy academic, was regularly rated by students as the world’s worst lecturer. Her published output consisted of one article in a journal edited by Anderson.

  34. Chris M

    Well put CL.

    This pope hates God and is an antichrist.

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