I have to confess something. I am a devout Catholic. I recognize the papacy as the spiritual office that heads the Church I love. Most times, I also admire and respect the men who occupy that position. It is an office of grave responsibility and sacrifice. Whether they are good and saintly, like Benedict, or righteous and strong like John Paul II, they have all always had my respect.
But, I have to admit that from the first moment I laid eyes on the current occupant, Pope Francis, I have had very serious reservations about his fitness for the position. A child of his upbringing, he is a South American socialist, and, like the current placeholder in our own White House, he can only spout what he has been taught and groomed to repeat.
Faithful and believing Catholics do not worship the environment any more than they worship the concept of “income equality,” and other such Marxist pillars of belief. But, sadly, what we have heard from Pope Francis since his elevation to the Chair of St. Peter, is nothing less than textbook Marxist socialism.
I have been a Catholic most of my life. I converted from Mormonism as a teenager, and have always believed it was where I was supposed to be, even when I was “lapsed,” the Church’s term for Catholics who believe but don’t practice. Being back in Communion since the early Seventies, religious experiences varying widely, about ten years ago I found the Byzantine Rite of the Catholic Church, and called it “home at last.” I have been there ever since.
Please believe me when I tell you that what Francis is expounding in his speeches is NOT Catholic doctrine, no matter how much he wishes it were so. It is his personal belief (obviously propped up by the leftist sycophants in the College of Cardinals who saw to it that he was elected). His authority in this matter can only be that, and is not binding on any Catholic. He can preach about it all he likes, but that does not make it Catholic Doctrine.
He does not speak for me, any more than he speaks for any faithful Catholic, and he does NOT reflect my own beliefs. In matters such as he expounds, I have to say that I have to politely disagree. I can only pray that the light of the Holy Spirit enlightens him and he has an earthly opportunity to reverse his problematic beliefs in “climate change” and “income equality,” among other things.
(Interestingly, in his address to the joint Houses of Congress on Friday, he did not mention Jesus Christ even one time.)