Once the interpreters of the Pope's speech explained what he was talking about, the hypocrisy became clear. The Pope was talking about the sanctity of life. That means if a woman gets pregnant after she's been violently raped and gang banged by thugs, she must keep the baby fathered by one of the thugs.
The Pope who is believed by Catholics to be "the voice of God" did not just repeat the Catholic mantra that abortion is a forbidden sin, he also forbids the death penalty.
What he doesn't forbid is the death of millions from the US bombing of families in Libya, Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq. Not a word about it...but he's in favor of admitting refugees who are fleeing the blood bath.
Here lies the Pope's outrageous hypocrisy - his inconsistency of defending life in one area while dismissing it in another. Sanctity of life includes those tens of thousands of non-Americans who deserve to be protected from the death that rains down from US bombs. Will the Pope go beyond applauding the countries that are taking in hundreds of thousands of refugees and address Washington's role in the wars and other violence that create refugees? Absolutely NOT!
While Francis addresses Sanctity of Life issues on his visit to the US, a front-page article in Monday's New York Times was about the orders given to US troops to ignore the sexual abuse of young boys by Afghan "allies." Until now, the mainstream media avoided this story, but it is not new. Those who learmed of WikiLeaks leaks by Bradley/Chelsea Manning were aware of this ugly story several years ago.
Sexual abuse of vulnerable young boys (and girls) worldwide, especially orphans and indigenous children in residential schools remains a massive problem that Pope Francis, as well as his predecessors, have not dealt with.
While Pope Francis's popularity stems largely from doing unexpected things, he has shown zero flexibility with respect to the marginalization of women and the ban on women priests. No miracles are expected. The prohibition on female priests is another "truth" that has been set in concrete, even though it lacks firm foundation in either Scripture or early Church tradition.
The Pope has much to apologize for before he starts talking about helping the poor. In his book, ‘The Vatican Billions’, writer and philosopher Avro Manhattan gives us a glimpse of the true financial worth of the catholic church:
“The Vatican has large investments with the Rothschilds of Britain, France and America, with the Hambros Bank, with the Credit Suisse in London and Zurich. In the United States it has large investments with the Morgan Bank, the Chase-Manhattan Bank, the First National Bank of New York, the Bankers Trust Company, and others.
“The Vatican has billions of shares in the most powerful international corporations such as Gulf Oil, Shell, General Motors, Bethlehem Steel, General Electric (weapons manufacturer), International Business Machines, T.W.A., etc.” (...) Some idea of the real estate and other forms of wealth controlled by the Catholic church may be gathered by the remark of a member of the New York Catholic Conference, namely ‘that his church probably ranks second only to the United States Government in total annual purchase.’
“Another statement, made by a nationally syndicated Catholic priest, perhaps is even more telling. ‘The Catholic church,’ he said, ‘must be the biggest corporation in the United States. We have a branch office in every neighborhood. Our assets and real estate holdings must exceed those of Standard Oil, A.T.&T., and U.S. Steel combined. And our roster of dues-paying members must be second only to the tax rolls of the United States Government.’” (...)
“The Catholic church, once all her assets have been put together, is the most formidable stockbroker in the world. The Vatican, independently of each successive pope, has been increasingly orientated towards the U.S. The Wall Street Journal said that the Vatican’s financial deals in the U.S. alone were so big that very often it sold or bought gold in lots of a million or more dollars at one time.” (...)
“The Vatican’s treasure of solid gold has been estimated by the United Nations World Magazine to amount to several billion dollars. A large bulk of this is stored in gold ingots with the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, while banks in England and Switzerland hold the rest.
“But this is just a small portion of the wealth of the Vatican, which in the U.S. alone, is greater than that of the five wealthiest giant corporations of the country. When to that is added all the real estate, property, stocks and shares abroad, then the staggering accumulation of the wealth of the Catholic church becomes so formidable as to defy any rational assessment.” (...)
“The Catholic church is the biggest financial power, wealth accumulator and property owner in existence. She is a greater possessor of material riches than any other single institution, corporation, bank, giant trust, government or state of the whole globe.
“The pope, as the visible ruler of this immense amassment of wealth, is consequently the richest individual of the twentieth century. No one can realistically assess how much he is worth in terms of billions of dollars.” (...)
The wealth of the vatican is so massive, it is impossible to calculate, like distances to Pluto and back.
Putting a smiling new "celebrity" face on the Vatican, kissing babies and invalids, dressing him in white and treating him like GOD came to town doesn't change the corruption of this filthy rich, criminal, immoral and hypocritical institution.
Their wealth is so big that they could create sustainable social programs to end famine on Earth; they have the power and the means to oppose wars; they have the financial resources to create an Eco-friendly planet -- the biblical heaven on Earth.
Does anybody believe the Pope has any interest whatsoever in green technology? The Vatican investing in “green technology” when they already have mega investments in oil polluting and gas polluting cars manufacturers is a joke.
Where is all this Pope-talk about the environment and climate change and green energy leading? To a GLOBAL CARBON TAX SYSTEM through the UN. The Pope is here to pave the road to One World Government. One tax system. One world ruler. One world bank.
Remember the Vatican's 500 year old indulgences scandal when they charged money to people to forgive their sins. The vatican is today approaching their congregations with very similar language to the corrupt priests of the 1500's. When speaking about their ministries, many Evangelical pastors will say something like: "Now dig deep into those pockets for this most worthwhile ministry, it will be a blessing to you and your family!"
The church's granted indulgences reduce the time Catholics believe they will have to spend in purgatory after they have confessed and been absolved of their sins. A senior Vatican official warned web-surfing Catholics that indulgences still required a dose of old-fashioned faith, and that paradise was not just a few mouse clicks away.
"You can't obtain indulgences like getting a coffee from a vending machine," Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, head of the pontifical council for social communication, told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera. Indulgences these days are granted to those who carry out certain tasks – such as climbing the Sacred Steps in Rome - a feat that earns believers seven years off purgatory. LOL!