Pope Francis - the conniving fundamentalist with a media friendly image

Here quote from an article about the pope in the Belfast Telegraph

I quote the article "Jorge Mario Bergoglio, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, 266th successor to St Peter".

The teaching that the pope really is the successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ is controversial for Protestants, Orthodox, Muslims and historians. Use more neutral language please. Catholic theologian Hans Kung does not accept the papal claims as historically or biblically justified.

Personally I believe Peter never was in Rome at all. If he was he was not its Bishop.

THE PAPAL DISRESPECT FOR THE DEAD CONTINUES

Out of respect for those who died over rejection of the papacy at the hands of the papacy including Muslims Francis should admit what the Protestants, Orthodox and historians know. He should admit he is not vicar of Christ, not infallible and is not the earthly head of the Church. The pope is not the successor of Peter for there is no evidence that Peter was bishop of Rome or was bishop when or if he died there. The papacy evolved bit by bit over time.

Jesus' assertion to Peter that he would build the church on him reflects texts such as the one from Isaiah 22, "In that day I will summon my servant, Eliakim son of Hilkiah. 21 I will clothe him with your robe and fasten your sash around him and hand your authority over to him. He will be a father to those who live in Jerusalem and to the people of Judah. 22 I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open. 23 I will drive him like a peg into a firm place; he will become a seat[a] of honor for the house of his father. 24 All the glory of his family will hang on him: its offspring and offshoots—all its lesser vessels, from the bowls to all the jars. 25 “In that day,” declares the Lord Almighty, “the peg driven into the firm place will give way; it will be sheared off and will fall, and the load hanging on it will be cut down.” Like that prophecy, Jesus' statement was hyperbolic poetry and does not authorise the creation of a papacy.  Eliakim was not God's vicar on earth though the text seems to say he was.  It is not literal.  Jesus structured statements around the statements of the Old Testament.
 

THE ENVIRONMENTALIST POPE

Pope Francis - the Environment

The Pope has become an apostle of the environment.  That no pope cared until this one who needs the media adulation speaks volumes.

The Christian cannot really believe in improving the world. If the world is environmentally saved or destroyed the Christian says, "It happened so it is the will of God." So an IS becomes an OUGHT! That is not logical. The Christian cannot set out to fix the world. The Christian sets out to be the tool if God wants to use him to fix the world. There is a fundamental difference between the non-religious person being good and the religious. To see doing good as unimportant in itself unless it is a test from God is extremism. Helping another is not about doing good but about being tested. The test is good and the helping barely matters if at all.

VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN AND MISOGYNY

Pope Francis on violence against children, "“One time, I heard a father in a meeting with married couples say ‘I sometimes have to smack my children a bit, but never in the face so as to not humiliate them’,” Francis said.

“How beautiful.” he added. “He knows the sense of dignity! He has to punish them but does it justly and moves on.”

Pope Francis on women's inferiority to men so that they cannot be ordained priests, "The Church has spoken and says no. . . . That door is closed". He repeated the Church cannot ever ordain women in November 2016 because it is an objective fact that women cannot be ordained.  Please note that if a woman becomes a man the man cannot become a priest so clearly the pope is being implicitly transphobic.

TERRORISM

The pope has said things that encourage fighting terrorism with more terrorism. He is just a hypocrite.

I find him to be a liar and would rather he would stay out of Ireland and every country (Ireland got a visit from him in 2018).

He said in spite of the fact that Islamic State preaches the Koran and holy literature to get people to obey what Islam says is God's word and kill unbelievers that "When I speak of war I speak of wars over interests, money, resources, not religion. All religions want peace, it’s the others who want war."

He knows from logic and his Bible that religion can be violent. The Bible God railed against pagan gods who demanded that babies be sacrificed to them. A man-made religion of peace has no immunity to turning violent. What is human will show bad traits sooner or later. And the religion keeps saying it is from God in order to protect itself despite the evil. The pope is no dummy. Yet he lies that Islam is not a violent religion despite the fact that its scriptures condone and even command violence. He does not really care. He is condemning terrorism but not as religious terrorism so he is just a fraud. He knows that nobody has the right to honour violent books as God's word and as he honours the violent Bible he has no room to talk about Islam and its bloodthirsty Koran.

IRELAND AND THE EIGHTH AMENDMENT

In 2018 there is a move to get rid of the eight amendment of the constitution which declares that mother and unborn baby have an equal right to life.  This bans abortion with often tragic consequences.

The pope ironically can be used to get rid of the eighth. This pope by his actions definitely regards abortion as a person's own business. He has granted major abortion rights person, Lilianne Ploumen, former minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation in the Netherlands. She was honored by Pope Francis with the title of Commander in the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great. From lifesite, "Despite vocal opposition, a notorious Italian abortionist was allowed to speak at a Catholic parish on Wednesday, while pro-life critics were locked out, silenced or kicked out. Despite her abortion advocacy, Emma Bonino was praised by Pope Francis in 2016 as a “forgotten great”. Between her abortion activism and being an abortionist herself, Bonino is directly or indirectly responsible for the deaths of roughly six million Italian babies between 1968 and today." The Catholic teaching that baptism really is that important has been scrapped as babies are considered to be in Heaven even if not baptised. That does away with the old fashioned worry that abortion not only killed a child but kept her away from God for all eternity in limbo.  The fear of a baby being banned from God forever for not being baptised does nothing today to stop abortions.

FUNDAMENTALIST

The pope criticises priests who are "too fundamentalist". At least he admits that Catholicism is a form of fundamentalism. And it still contradicts the scientific fact that there was no Adam and Eve. There is no genuine concern for people who get wrapped up in Catholic Pentecostalism and who run after miracle mongers and waste their lives and get swindled. The Church does little or nothing about false visionaries who terrify and fleece their victims. When religious faith makes such things possible, such faith is itself part of the problem.
 
Jesus' teaching that we must love God with all our hearts means that in all we do, the motive is to be about pleasing God 100%. This means a person's life is wasted if they do all that for God and there is no God. Nobody really cares.

Catholicism holds that it is better for the whole universe to be obliterated by accident than for one sin to take place.

Its teachings kill women in poorer nations who are denied abortions to save their lives.

And the Church regards the Bible as having being ultimately written by God despite the horrendous murders and genocide commanded in God's name and authority by Jesus' hero, Moses. A young bride who was suspected of not being a virgin on her wedding night was stoned to death on God's orders.
 
The Church condemns "sins" that are not really sins. Come on! A boy who freely masturbates for a few seconds will be lost forever in Hell if he dies? People can reason, "I am a sinner anyway so I may as well commit this sin." To invent sins and to exaggerate what they deserve is only encouraging such people.

The Church regards death as punishment for sin. It is the death penalty.

Such teachings are extremist. They sully any good the Church does. The good is certainly the enemy of the best.

The pope as head representative of the Church and its "father" must take the biggest responsibility for this evil of all. But he will not.