Saturday, April 16, 2016

Unqualified for Political Discourse

CWR Blog: Pope Francis: "Amoris Laetitia" opens up "many" new possibilities for divorced, remarried Catholics
In remarks made during in-flight interview to Rome the Holy Father discusses Turkey and Europe, Bernie Sanders, immigrants, refugee crisis, borders, and new Apostolic Exhortation.

First, a repetition of "children of God" with the novel meaning, rather than the meaning proper to Scripture and to Tradition:
Franca Giansoldati (Il Messaggero): You speak much about welcoming, but perhaps you speak too little about integration. Seeing what is happening in Europe, where there’s this massive influx of immigrants, we see that there are many cities that suffer from ghetto sectors… in all of this, it emerges that Muslim immigrants are those who have the most difficult time integrating themselves with our values, Western values… wouldn’t it be more useful to favor the immigration of Christian immigrants? And why did you favor three entirely Muslim families?

Pope Francis: I didn’t make a religious choice between Christians and Muslims. These three families had their documents in order. There were, for example, two Christian families who didn’t. This is not a privilege. All 12 of them are children of God. It’s a privilege to be a child of God. For what regards integration…you said a word which in current culture seems to be forgotten, after war still exist: the ghettos. And some of the terrorists are children and grandchildren of people born in European countries and what has happened? There was no policy of integration. And this, for me, is fundamental. In the post-synodal apostolic exhortation integration is spoken of. One of the the three pastoral dimensions for families in difficulty is integration into society. Today, Europe must take up again this capacity that it has always had: to integrate. With integration, Europe’s culture is enriched. I think that we need an education, a lesson, on a culture of integration.

How does one integrate Muslims? By making them secular liberals along with Christians? The bishop of Rome has not thought this through.
Elena Pinardi (EBU): Holy Father, they’re talking about reinforcing the borders of different European countries, of deploying battalions along the borders of Europe. Is it the end of Schengen, is it the end of the European dream?

Pope Francis: I don’t know. I understand the governments and the people that have a certain fear. I understand. And, we must take a real responsibility for welcoming. How do we integrate these people with us? I’ve said this, but making walls is not the solution. We saw it in the last century, the fall of one. It doesn’t resolve anything. We must make bridges and bridges are made with intelligence, dialogue, integration. I understand the fear, but to close the borders doesn’t resolve anything. Because in the long run, that closure will hurt the people themselves. Europe must make a policy of welcoming, integration, growth, work, the reform of the economy. All of these are the bridges that lead us to not making walls. After what I’ve seen in that refugee camp, and what you saw, was to cry about. The kids. They’ve given me so many drawings. The children want peace because they’re suffering. It’s true that there they have educational courses in the camp. What have they seen? Look at this: what they’ve seen: a drowned child! The kids have got this in their hearts. Today was truly to cry about. It was to cry about. The same drawing was made by an Afghan child. These children have this in their memories. They’ll need time to remove this from their memories. There was a sun that cried in the drawing. A tear would also do us well.


No idea how to integrate them? Then don't advocate that they be present in the first place, or allow for segregation. At the very least allow that there may be no way to integrate them and that a different solution is required. After all, this should be evidence that specific means for integration and integration itself are not part of Sacred Tradition. And the current bishop of Rome has no special competence in moral theology in this matter.

Curtain’s Up! Showtime at the Pope’s Theater
Lesbos and Lampedusa. Holy door and washing of feet. The briefcase in hand on the airplane staircase. Here is how Francis is enacting the pedagogical theater of the seventeenth-century Jesuits

And so patriots are upset: Orthodox Church Joins Pope Francis’s Effort To Destroy Europe Through “Virtue Tourism”

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